The Cuomo Administration racked up a record $611 million dollars in overtime payments over the past year. That’s according to New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. He said the 16 percent increase in overtime payments between 2012 and 2013 comes mostly from employees in institutional settings, like prisons and psychiatric centers.
The New York State Police also paid troopers $35 million in overtime payments, at an average of over $74 an hour. DiNapoli said the uptick comes at a time when state government has been downsizing employees.
“We ask state agencies to take a hard look at how they use overtime,” said DiNapoli. “And to certainly double their efforts to reduce what is becoming an expensive habit.”
A spokesman for Governor Cuomo’s budget office defended the practice. Spokesman Morris Peters said the 2.4 percent increase in overtime hours is “dwarfed by the fact that overall payroll has decreased by nearly $750 million” in the past three years.