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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Recovered Over $25 million From Toll Evaders in 2023

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Fort Lee NJ, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced it recovered more than $25 million from toll evaders in 2023, up 14 percent from the previous year. In addition to sharing toll evasion information with regional partners, the Port Authority also enhanced toll enforcement efforts with increased targeted patrols, stream lined and improved internal data collection, and leveraged various types of license plate reader systems across a spectrum of roadway infrastructure and police technology to catch evaders. The agency also identified 10 repeat toll evaders including one from Hackensack, Englewood, Teaneck and Lodi against whom the largest default judgments were awarded in 2023. 

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Stolen Dog Recovered after Joint Effort by New Jersey Transit Police and Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies

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Bayonne NJ, this pictured pup, “Rocco” was recently taken off his owner’s front porch in Bayonne New Jersey. The owner was attending to yard work while Rocco was briefly out of sight. Several actors entered the property, detached the leash securing Rocco, took him and fled towards the NJ TRANSIT 45th Street Station.⁣

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NJ Transit Police : Operation to Protect and Harden the System Underway

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Ridgewood NJ, New Jersey Transit Police, along with our federal, state, and local partners, are engaged in a large-scale operation to harden the system. You may notice uniformed NJTPD officers operating along with Amtrak Police, Port Authority Police, New Jersey State Police, NJ Office of Homeland Security, and additional local agencies. Plain clothes officers are providing an overlapping layer of protection as well.⁣

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Bergen County Prosecutor Investigates a Fatal Crash involving a Port Authority Police Vehicle and a Motorcycle in Fort Lee

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Fort Lee NJ, , Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announces the following information as too the fatal crash involving a Port Authority Police vehicle and a motorcycle:

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Anonymous caller Phones in Fake “Gunmen on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge”

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Fort Lee NJ, at 6:07 pm an anonymous caller told authorities late Wednesday that he was armed with a rifle on the lower level of the George Washington Bridge. According to Fort Lee Police Captain Edward M. Young , multiple police officers responded, trying to find the caller, yet all efforts were unsuccessful.

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Body Pulled from Hudson on Sunday

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Fort Lee NJ, according to the Port Authority Police a body was pulled from the Hudson River on Sunday afternoon has been ruled a possible suicide, Port Authority patrol officers spotted an abandoned vehicle on the lower level of the New Jersey-bound George Washington Bridge, and found a man’s driver license in the car.

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Army Vet Once Suspected of Planning GWB Attack to be Released from Custody

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Fort Lee NJ, a former captain in the Army from Wallington who was being held until his trial after he was caught on a  “reconnaissance” mission on the George Washington Bridge will be released from jail after spending 600 days in custody, a Bergen County judge ruled Thursday.

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Contingency Action Plan Exercise at Area Shopping Mall

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Paramus NJ, The Paramus Police Department recently conducted a Contingency Action Plan exercise at one of our shopping malls. Numerous Bergen County and Port Authority police departments responded and assisted including Ridgewood. Local police departments constantly practice and test their capabilities in response to the current worldwide threat environment.

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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

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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 NJ.com

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

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

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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.

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2016/12/09/ridgewood-man-third-generation-wear-pa-police-badge/95158486/

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Port Authority Police Catch $30,000 Ticket Scofflaw

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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.