Port Authority To Create Security Department, Votes To Cut Compensation And Benefits

March 29, 2012 12:00 AM

Port Authority To Create Security Department, Votes To Cut Compensation And Benefits
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey made two major announcements on Thursday, one involving employee benefits and another dealing with centralizing security operations.

The authority will create a stand-alone security department and hire a Chief Security Officer to centralize the operations, making sure everyone is talking to everyone.

1010 WINS’ Eileen Lehpamer With More On Centralizing Security Operations At The Port Authority

“Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark have different camera systems, they have different people operating security systems,” said Paul Nunziato, the head of the Port Authority’s PBA.

The move comes after an extensive review by former Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff, who found the PA’s structure to be highly decentralized and lacking clear sense of mission and operational control.

WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell With More On The Story

“Our creation of a centralized Security Department, overseeing the Port Authority’s policing and our other security resources, will enhance our billions of dollars of investment in security infrastructure, improve security communications and responsiveness, and add to our security efforts,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson.

The Port Authority also announced it will cut bonuses and other benefits for its nonunion employees "

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