Big Bucks For Thruway Authority Workers

December 5, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM EDT

By WKBW News

December 5, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's a known fact that administrators at the Thruway Authority receive a nice paycheck but now all toll workers are being paid pretty well, thanks to overtime.

The Albany Times Union has released the salaries of all Thruway Authority employees and found that last year 22 workers made more than $25,000 in overtime. More than 300 others made $10,000 and 800 made $5,000 in overtime.

These figures released as the authority discusses a plan to raise tolls for tractor-trailers by a staggering 45 percent. Critics said this is more proof that the authority needs to do a self-examination and find ways to cut costs before passing those costs to consumers.

"Absolutely it's going to affect the prices. We can't afford to do the work and not pay our bills, and we can't operate at a loss. We're here to try to pay our bills and make money and if we can't do that, then there's no sense even doing the loads," Truck Driver Jonathon Price said.

The Thruway Authority has scheduled several meetings to discuss the toll hike but has postponed all of them. They are expected to re-address the issue sometime this month.

Last year, the authority paid more than $11 million in overtime, an increase of $1.2 million from the year before. A least one employee worked more than 3500 hours of overtime making $100 thousand.