Gov. Andrew Cuomo once said, “I am the government,” but he isn’t being paid like it.
According to the Empire Center for New York State Policy, 1,493 state employees earned more money than Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $179,000 salary in 2012. That’s up 33 percent from 2010, the report yesterday said.
The state Financial Control Board has the highest average earnings of $99,837 followed by the State Police Department with an average of $99,366, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reported.
The highest paid employee in state government for 2012 was Antonio Alfonso, professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Alfonso’s total pay in 2012 was $1,064,837.
The second highest paid employee after Alfonso was Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. His total pay was $797,391 in 2012.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher’s 2012 payroll totaled $685,960 for 2012. Zimpher is the fifth highest paid state employee for SUNY and CUNY.
Updated: Cuomo’s office pointed out that most of the high-paid employees are SUNY officials—which are out of the control of the governor’s office.
“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, this administration controlled spending, consolidated bureaucracy and streamlined state government during the past two years,” said Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi.
The updated salaries of all state employees is on the center’s SeeThroughNY website.