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Suspended NY Transit Cops Get Overtime

From the New York Post:

Daniel Hughes leaves court after he pled guilty to embezzling union funds – to spend on prostitutes and gambling.

Suspended PA cops still scoring OT pay


June 21, 2010

Port Authority cops have an unbelievable perk that other workers can only dream of — they can collect overtime for not working.

The bizarre benefit applies to officers suspected of misconduct who are suspended with pay and later cleared or found guilty of an infraction carrying a penalty that’s short of dismissal. Suspended officers can claim overtime if no formal charges are filed within 120 days.

The theoretical overtime these cops would have made during their suspensions is based on a formula in their union contract.

The agency could not say immediately how many cops have taken advantage of the perk and how much it’s cost.

Other gold-plated provisions of the contract include:

* The PA pays at least $60,000 in annual rent for the police union’s office in Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

* Officers who donate blood at the PA blood bank during normal work hours get the rest of the day off as "excused time."

The bistate agency has come under fire for granting excessive overtime and padding pensions. Twenty-seven of the top 100 retirees with the highest pensions in the NY State Retirement system are from the PA

And yet New York City always has to cut firemen and teachers first, when it comes to paring its budget. Why is that?

Of course, all of this comes on top of the revelation  from last week about the Port Authority’s erstwhile union boss, via the New York Daily News:

Ex-Port Authority union president Daniel Hughes pleads guilty to stealing union funds for hookers

By John Marzulli, Michael J. Feeney and Larry Mcshane   
Wednesday, June 16th 2010

A roly-poly ripoff artist with a taste for hookers and gambling pleaded guilty Wednesday to squandering nearly $300,000 in looted union funds

The 400-pound married father of a young son cavorted with prostitutes in Manhattan, the Bronx and a notorious Queens motel offering specially themed rooms and short-stay rates.

"They were $400 to $500 [per date]," Port Authority Deputy Inspector General Michael Nestor told the Daily News about the union-subsidized trysts.

His stops included the "couples-friendly" Kew Motor Inn, where the Arabian Nights room featured a gold headboard and mirrored wall for his enjoyment, and the Southwestern room came with a mirrored ceiling.

At the Bowery Hotel, Hughes lounged on 400-thread-count Egyptian linens while enjoying marble bathrooms – and 24-hour room service. Suites rent for $650 a night at the upscale lower Manhattan hotel

The disgraced ex-president of the Port Authority Field Association Local 111-S paid for the prostitutes using a union credit card and made withdrawals from the hotel ATMs with union banking cards, prosecutors said…

Prosecutors charged Hughes also spent union members’ dues on a pair of gambling outings at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut.

The recipient of millions of taxpayer dollars from Mr. Obama’s stimulus programs.

Hughes rang up credit card tabs at an assortment of diners and restaurants – with one dinner check totaling $600, prosecutors said…

"A union relies on its leaders to act with honesty and integrity," said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch

Good one!

Defense lawyer Christopher Renfroe declined to comment, and Hughes ignored reporters as he left the courthouse. He was released without bail and faces 46 to 57 months in prison at his sentencing

Or what is known as ‘a slap on the wrist.’

The defendant said that he suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder – from what was unclear

Probably from getting caught.

The Port Authority will seek to fire Hughes from his $95,000 job. Hughes, who works at LaGuardia Airport, joined the PA in 1985.

His union brothers were employed at PA bridges, tunnels and airports. Under his plea deal, Hughes is required to make restitution plus interest to Local 111-S…

Who could fail to be inspired by union leadership like that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Suspended NY Transit Cops Get Overtime”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    This is just resume’ enhancement for future Democratic candidacy.

  2. proreason says:

    It appears Daniel Hughes has already mastered the art of being a politician.

    Who knew Union “bosses” and congressional “bosses” jobs occupations were virtually identical?

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”Who could fail to be inspired by union leadership like that?…..”

    And, pray tell, of what other type of union leadership are you aware? Every one of these parasites operate under the same code of (mis)conduct. None of them would recognize ethical behavior if it bit them on the ass!

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