Port Authority inspector at Kennedy Airport under fire for awarding $25,000 of overtime to sergeant in a two-week period during United Nations get-together
How much do you earn in two weeks?
Port Authority Police Department Sgt. John Farrell recently raked in a mind-boggling $30,000 in just 16 days while working for the cash-starved agency at Kennedy Airport — thanks to 227 hours of overtime, PAPD insiders told The Post.
Farrell averaged 16 hours of OT a day — at a minimum rate of $108.10 per hour.
So he ended up earning more than $25,000 in OT alone, on top of his regular weekly pay of about $2,400.
Incredibly, when Farrell’s boss, Inspector Kenneth Honig, 56, the PAPD’s commanding offi cer at JFK, was called on the carpet about the exor bitant tab, he al legedly dis missed it by questioning why his higher-ups even cared — since the federal government was handling the bill, the sources said.Gregory P. Mango
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“Yeah, I authorized it, but so what? The feds are paying,” Honig purportedly said.
Honig didn’t return calls.
Farrell, reached at his home in Bergen Beach, Brooklyn, yesterday, said, “This is the first time any of this has been brought to my attention.
“Listen, I know the background to this story. I just can’t say any more until I get clearance,” said Farrell, who earns a salary that, with longevity stipends, hits around $125,000.
The PA sergeant then gestured to what he said was his 17-year-old GMC truck outside his well-kept home and told a Post reporter: “Listen, kid. See my truck? If I was making that kind of [OT], you think I’d be driving that kind of car?”
Farrell, 55, earned the dough Sept. 15 through Sept. 30, when JFK Airport served as a staging ground for the arrival and departure of about 80 international heads of state for the annual UN General Assembly, one source said.
Farrell works as an “administrative sergeant” at JFK, a Monday-through-Friday assignment that involves setting up work schedules for cops assigned to the airport.
For the UN conclave, Honig also designated Farrell the “UNGA VIP command post sergeant,” or point man for any issues tied the visiting dignitaries.
Farrell insisted to The Post that his OT was needed.
“Listen, it’s UN weekend. Dignitaries are flying in and out through the evening,” he said. “If a plane is supposed to leave at 8 [p.m.], sometimes it leaves at 1 or 1:30 in the morning . . . and sometimes you have to see things through. And if that means staying till the plane leaves, you stay till the plane leaves.”
The feds were picking up at least some of the costs because the event was tied to the United Nations.
The PA Inspector General’s Office launched an investigation, and Honig was briefly relieved of his command and placed on administrative duty.
But he was reinstated about two weeks ago after the IG’s office found no evidence of criminal conduct by either him or Farrell, the sources said.
The PA’s Internal Affairs Department is still probing the matter.
The Port Authority sergeant who made $25,000 in overtime in just two weeks also led Boy Scouts Troop’s bake sale while on job during that time.
He kept his eye out for terrorists — and kids playing near the grill.
The Port Authority sergeant who raked in $25,000 in overtime in just two weeks as he helped oversee security at Kennedy Airport during the UN General Assembly was also running a Boy Scout barbecue there at the same time, The Post has learned.
Sgt. John Farrell, whose whopping OT take was reported by The Post yesterday, is a scoutmaster at Brooklyn’s Troop 76 and organized the kiddie fund-raiser.
He and a handful of other parents oversaw the boys as they peddled burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and sodas to diplomats’ limo drivers coming and going from the high-risk security site at the airport, sources said.
The Scouts’ 40-foot-by-40-foot tent was set up for several days in a parking lot near the JetBlue Terminal for the September event.
Farrell has claimed he was so busy monitoring all the flights for PA security that he worked 227 hours of overtime.
He declined comment yesterday.