With respect to basic (“core") operations of the Port Authority, overtime hours in the first half of 2019 were 2% under budget. The reduced number of core overtime hours compared to budget was the result of higher levels of graduating Port Authority Police recruits and fewer retirements than projected, both of which reduced the need for overtime utilization by the PAPD.
With respect to Port Authority operations that are heavily affected by requirements that vary every year (e.g. snow removal; “non-core" in the table), in the first half of 2019, actual overtime required for these special needs/non-core expenditures exceeded the Port Authority's projected and budgeted amounts by 18,000 hours.
Overall, the agency was 1% below the projected and budgeted number of overtime hours.
Comparing first half 2019 to first half 2018, overtime hours for basic (“core") operations were within 2% of 2018. Growth in overtime utilization related to PATH's signal system was offset by decreased overtime at the PAPD as described above and a less intense winter than 2018, requiring fewer snow and ice related overtime expenditures.
Overall overtime hours in the first half of 2019 were up 1% over the same period in 2018.