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Is NY/NJ Port Authority looting the taxpayers dollars?

What is the $4 toll to drive between New York and New Jersey really going for? The Port Authority is paying toll booth operators over 60k a year base and as much as 100k with overtime. The administrators are really raking in the bucks.

This is the same politician/government employee spoils system that plunged Greece into financial chaos.

From New York Post…

They take your cash . . . in so many ways.

Port Authority toll collectors not only grab your money at New York-New Jersey crossings, they’re now pulling down stunning six-figure salaries funded by the levies you pay at bridges and tunnels.

Twenty-four toll collectors at the bi-state agency have made more than $80,000 so far in 2011 — payments pumped up by massive overtime. Seven of those workers took in $90,000 or more.


But that’s chump change to the top toll taker.

Warren Stevens has made $102,670 so far this year — $40,614 of it OT.

With overtime paid at time-and-a-half, Stevens averaged about 20 hours of OT per week, or about 130 extra eight-hour shifts per year, an analysis of PA data shows.

Karen DuPree is the No. 2 highest-paid toll taker, making $97,621 — more than a third of it from overtime pay of $37,470.

The annual salaries will only swell since the figures released Friday for all 6,777 PA employees do not include December paychecks.

Princesella Smith, 51, who has made $89,599 working the toll lanes at the George Washington Bridge this year, understandably loves her profession.

Port Authority gardeners are raking in big bucks, too. At least 11 of them bring in annual salaries of more than $80,000.

Michael Finlator has earned $94,106 in 2011 as a gardener. More than $24,000 of that comes from overtime.

Fernando Ippolito, a blacksmith, took in more than $146,000.

Louis LaCapra, the PA’s chief administrative officer, made the most of any agency employee, bringing in $324,940 so far.

Kevin Cottrell, the agency’s top paid cop, made $265,059 in 2011.