New York, NY – The Port Authority Police Department rejected the application of a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer because he had characteristics generally attributed to an entitled stereotypical millennial.
He responded by suing.
“Mr. Kotowski has several psychological traits and characteristics that were not deemed suitable for a Port Authority Police Officer,” the agency responded when the officer complained his rejection was based on a “personality conflict” with the interviewer at the Port Authority.
Manhattan court documents showed he wasn’t hired because agency evaluators determined he was “not qualified for employment as a Port Authority police officer” in June 2017, the New York Post reported.
So Officer Kotowski, who works in NYPD’s 18th Precinct in midtown Manhattan, filed a lawsuit against the Port Authority police.
Due to the lawsuit, the Port Authority was forced to disclose all of the 28-year-old officer’s personality flaws.
Officer Kotowski “still lives at home with his parents and… contributes nothing toward housing or food expenses,” according to Dr. Nancy Bloom who evaluated him for the job, the New York Post reported.
Court documents showed Bloom determined that the officer “was not appropriate for the position because of his inability to be forthcoming, immaturity, lack of interpersonal skills and bland affect.”
“Mr. Kotowski has a strong sense of entitlement and that he may act in an antisocial manner,” Dr. Robert Mead, another Port Authority evaluator, wrote in his report, according to court documents.
In its defense, the Port Authority PD said “the ability to be self-reliant” was a key decision-making factor in hiring new officers.
But Officer Kotowski said he lives at home with his parents’ blessing because he was saving up money for a home and a future family. And he argued to the court that he had passed the NYPD’s psychological evaluations without a problem.
An NYPD source told the New York Post that Officer Kotowski was a quiet guy who mostly kept to himself at work.
A New York Post reporter caught up with the officer as he arrived home in a 2015 red Ford Mustang, but he refused to comment and said “there’s not much to tell” about what happened.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Nancy Bannon recently ruled that the Port Authority PD was within its rights when it rejected the NYPD officer’s application.
“The PA is a separate agency from the NYPD and is entitled to rely upon the findings of its own medical personnel,” the judge wrote.
A Citizens Budget Commission report determined that senior Port Authority police officers earned an average of $83.99 an hour, as opposed to the average of $58.86 an hour earned by senior officer on the NYPD, the New York Post reported.
The Port Authority Police Department found itself at the center of criticism and controversy in 2017 when a former New Jersey state treasurer penned an opinion for NJTV News that poised the question of whether the police agency that employs almost 2,000 officers on a $650 million budget to protect the city’s ports, bridges, tunnels, and bus and train hubs was really necessary.
An article in the City Journal referenced never-before disclosed findings from a 2011 evaluation by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that said the Port Authority’s security practices were “profoundly deficient at every level, in every key functional area.”
There is an ongoing power struggle between Port Authority PD and the NYPD over who is in charge of security for the World Trade Center’s new Freedom Tower.
The City Journal reported that the battle was solved by a “memorandum of understanding” between Port Authority PD and NYPD that called for shared policing and spending.
However, the port police agency’s credibility was seriously called into question during the “Bridgegate” scandal that arose after then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aides ordered the George Washington Bridge closed to get even for the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey not supporting Christie’s re-election.
A key witness at the “Bridgegate” trial testified that Port Authority officers’ union head Paul Nunziato had offered to lie to protect the New Jersey governor’s aides.