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Port Authority employee failed to report gift, AG says

A Port Authority employee from Huntington Station failed to report a Miami vacation paid for by a cargo company operating at Kennedy Airport, according to a news release from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s office.

Sean Porter, the Port Authority Landside Operations Manager, received plane tickets, hotel accommodations, meals and a round of golf — worth more than $3,000 — in March 2014 from the unidentified cargo handling company, a felony complaint filed in New York County Criminal Court showed.

Before the trip, Porter, 49, was alleged to have helped the company obtain licenses required for vehicles operating in Kennedy’s restricted areas, according to the complaint.

“The Port Authority will not tolerate employee misconduct or corruption of any kind,” Inspector General for the Port Authority Michael Nestor said in the release. “Today’s arrest will serve notice to all Port Authority employees that the agency will not tolerate violations of the public trust or any other corrupt acts.”

Porter is being charged with not reporting gifts of more than $1,000 from the same donor on a financial disclosure statement filed in May 2014, according to the state attorney general’s office.

He was arraigned Thursday at New York Criminal Court, the state attorney general’s office said.

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