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NY Overtime Costs Could Hit Record $600 Million By Year's End

According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, state agencies spent more than $462 million on overtime during the first 9 months of 2013.
ALBANY, N.Y. - According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, state agencies spent more than $462 million on overtime during the first 9 months of 2013. That's an increase of $65 million more than the same period in 2012.

"Overtime costs continue to rise. If the trend continues, the state could spend over $600 million by the end of the calendar year, which is a substantial jump from last year," DiNapoli said. "Reliance on overtime is becoming an expensive habit. I continue to urge state agencies to improve their personnel management, reduce overtime costs and carefully monitor its use."

A press release says the following agencies had the largest dollar increases in overtime costs, accounting for 70.3% of the state's overtime spending.
AgencyTotal OvertimeIncreased Amount% Increase
Dept. of Corrections $121,898,691$20,585,48020%
Dept. of Transportation $36,124,015$13,923,38863%
OPWDD $95,337,757$8,354,72510%
Office of Mental Health $71,668,235$5,475,3828%

State workers who are eligible for overtime pay are paid at a rate of 1.5 times their regular pay. DiNapoli says while total earnings for all state employees has dropped in the past 2 years, overtime pay has continued to rise.

New York Agency Overtime Data:
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