According to new data released by SeeThroughNY, a part of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's payroll jumped $15 million to $664.7 million from 2008 to 2009. The watchdog group's findings show that most of the extra money comes from overtime pay, with many police supervisors nearly doubling their base salaries. Thomas Hoey, a PAPD sergeant, more than doubled his $107,464 salary in 2009, earning $156,650 extra in overtime. One SeeThroughNY spokeswoman told the Post, "the reason [posted the salaries] is so taxpayers can see how their money is spent."

However, Port Authority spokesman John Kelly says the Port Authority has cut its overtime budget by 24% since 2006, and told the Daily News that it's "something that we watch closely." Police officials also defended overtime pay, saying that it's critical because of staffing shortages. PAPD Police Benevolent Association president Paul Nunziato said, "Media attention will only result in the Port Authority decreasing overtime and not addressing the underlying manpower deficiency. This will lead to critical patrol posts being unmanned." Related: the top earning state employee of 2009? SUNY Neurosurgeon Stephen T. Onesti, who made a base salary of $481,644 and $476,403 in overtime.