Salaries will be frozen for senior managers at the Delaware River Port Authority in 2009, while most workers will get 3 percent raises, chief executive officer John Matheussen said yesterday.

On Monday, Matheussen had said all employees, including himself and other senior managers, would get 3 percent raises. But after talking with DRPA board chairman John Estey and vice chairman Jeff Nash, he said, the decision was made to forgo raises for top executives.

"We've been looking at an economic downtown, and it's prudent for us to make as many cutbacks as possible," Matheussen said. About a dozen executives will be affected.

The DRPA board will vote today on the agency's 2009 operating and capital budgets.

- Paul Nussbaum