The chairman of the Port Authority is asking for answers to why overtime at the bistate agency continues to go over budget. Numbers released Wednesday show police racked up 746,000 overtime hours in the third quarter. That’s 49 percent over the budgeted 500,000 hours and 168,000 more than last year’s third quarter.
The Port Authority recently promoted 29 officers to the rank of sergeant, a move that is expected to reduce overtime among supervisors. But those promotions have left vacancies in the officer ranks. New recruits are expected to fill those slots by the end of the year.