Database: Overtime Costs Grow In State Government

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Overtime costs at state agencies grew 4.5 percent in 2011, with four state employees earning more than $100,000 in overtime alone, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported today.

Overtime costs grew by $20 million between 2010 and 2011, from $449 million to $469 million — the most since 2007, according to records from the state Comptroller’s Office.

“While many state agencies rely on overtime to meet their needs, it is obviously an ongoing problem area for the state,” Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a statement. “Each agency should do an analysis of their overtime and find ways to reduce its use.”

Some agencies said the higher overtime is attributable to tropical storms Irene and Lee last summer.

“The increase in overtime was primarily related to flood relief and recovery, which means asubstantial amount of the cost will be reimbursed by the federal government,” said Josh Vlasto, spokesman for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Here’s a database of the overtime costs by agency.

Robert Henry, a treatment assistant at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in Orange County, led the state in overtime for the second year in a row. He earned $123,511 in overtime last year, an extra 2,556 hours of work, or roughly 49 additional hours a week. His base salary was $61,830, the records showed.

Henry was among four state employees to earn more than $100,000 in overtime.

Henry, who earned about $106,000 in overtime in 2010, told Gannett’s Albany bureau last year that he was fulfilling his role as a “public servant.”

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