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NJ Transit Police Locate Missing Autistic Child

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Newark NJ, A missing autistic child located and a family reunited thanks to diligent police work initiated by an observant commuter.

On Tuesday night, NJ Transit Police Officer Brian Zavistovski responded to a commuter’s tip describing a little girl who was possibly in need of help at Hoboken Terminal. Upon locating the juvenile, Officer Zavistovski immediately recognized communication barriers. The 10-year-old juvenile was non-verbal and she did not respond to his attempts to communicate.

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These 26 Port Authority employees each earned more than $125K in overtime


editors note : we run theses stories every year 

Updated April 11, 2017
Posted April 11, 2017

By Kelly Heyboer and Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for

Most veteran police officers at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earn about $90,000 a year in base pay. But, some officers pocket double — or even triple — that amount each year thanks to an abundance of overtime.

Last year, the Port Authority employees racked up 2.2 million hours worth of overtime doing everything from PATH train maintenance to clearing snow from airport runways and patrolling the World Trade Center.

The overtime bill totaled $262 million, about $2.8 million over budget, according to a Port Authority report. Thanks to overtime pay, some rank-and-file Port Authority police officers took home more than $300,000 in total pay for the year — more than the agency’s executive director.

The overtime helped “ensure that our customers and staff traveled and operated in safe and secure facilities, and that the agency met federal mandates such as rail safety improvements, and addressed our dynamic security, operational and maintenance needs,” a report detailing the costs said.

Here are the 26 Port Authority employees who earned the most in overtime in 2016, according to the agency’s payroll records:

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Ridgewood man third generation to wear PA police badge

Nick Farfalla

Mark Krulish , Staff Writer, @Mark_Krulish10:14 a.m. EST December 11, 2016

(Photo: Courtesy of Roni Farfalla)

Port Authority Police Badge No. 1214 may not be as shiny as most, but it’s every bit as treasured.

On Friday, Nick Farfalla accepted that badge as he graduated from the Port Authority Police Academy, just as his father and grandfather had before him.

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Port Authority Police Catch $30,000 Ticket Scofflaw

Lincoln Tunnel

August 11,2016

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Jersey City NJ, Port Authority Police Officer Chris Johnson pulled over a car at the Holland Tunnel Tuesday morning and discovered more than $30,000 in unpaid tolls and fees at all three Hudson River crossings, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway, according to Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

The woman, identified as Shakeema N. North, 38, of Orange NJ, had 5 different EZ pass accounts and $30,000 in unpaid tolls and resulting fees from more than 400 separate incidents of toll evasion,

North was arrested on a charge of theft of services and given a summons requiring her to appear in court next Tuesday.