NY-NJ Port Authority beat policeman earns $221,000

By CHRIS HAWLEY | December 9, 2011 | 3:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have racked up $41.4 million in overtime this year, including a rank-and-file patrolman at the George Washington Bridge who has made $221,000.

Payroll figures released Friday by the Port Authority show 66 police officers have made more than $200,000 so far in 2011, thanks to overtime that in many cases has doubled their salaries.

The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, the union that represents most of the police, says high overtime numbers are the agency's own fault. President Paul Nunziato said the union has been asking the Port Authority for years to hire more officers.

The agency operates New York City's airports, seaports, a train system, and several bridges and tunnels. It did not immediately comment on the payroll figures.