Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Extras | All Access e-Edition | Home RSS

State overtime costs rose 11% in 2012

April 30, 2013

Overtime earnings at state agencies rose nearly 11 percent in 2012 to $529 million, escalating a trend that began in 2009, according to a reportreleased today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P....

« Back to Article

sort: oldest | newest




May-01-13 9:43 AM

I am still waiting for the state to respond to the OBSERVER"S foil request concerning overtime data in the Bucky Phillips fiasco. It must be easy to spend money when you don't have to earn it. The only defense I can give for the increase in OT spending is that it is cheaper to pay overtime than to put more people on the payroll. I still believe it is being abused and there is no way that overtime should be included in retirement calculations.

0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 9:20 PM

Christopher, Cops, Firemen, Corrections Officers, Teachers, Public Works shovel holders...........Did I leave anyone out?????? I also work in the public sector.............and I'm no chickensh%t!!!!

0 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 9:04 PM

Where I work they have minimum staffing then they freeze hiring but have to pay more in overtime. Cuomo wants to look good but he is the worst thing that happened to us.

1 Agrees | 0 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 7:31 PM

What a surprise. Computers do more work with less people compared to years ago. Maybe all the new regulations and some old one's we don't need are tying up the employees. I suppose there is a lot more work since the NYS open for business campaign started. NYS lost seats in the US house so we know the population is comming down.

0 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 3:37 PM

The State work force is about half of what it was 10 years ago. But the amount of work is the same. And it's not because we didn't need those people before. Things just aren't getting done.

1 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 2:26 PM


2 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 1:11 PM

By the way, for all of you public employee haters, there are only 2 classes of so-called public employees that are capable of padding their retirements because the most senior employees get ALL of it if they want it. ALL other state/county/municipal employees are on rotating lists. You have to REALLY hustle top "pad" your retirement. Anyway, guess who the exceptions are, guess who retires routinely at double or MORE THAN double their annual salary? If you don't know or are too chickensh_t to say, just shut up.

1 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 12:43 PM

Haveaniceday, O hate to break the news to you, but in my old agency the majority of OT was MANDATORY. I do agree OT should not apply to state pensions. But please lose the words "scam" or "padding" unless you know what you're talking about.

1 Agrees | 3 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 12:41 PM

I can explain why, at least in one agency, OMRDD (OOPS!! PC attack!! NOT OMR anymore, just ODD, lol) #1) staffing freezes, #2)Remember that committee on abuse I warned you all about in an earlier column? Well, suspensions are ongoing and lasting at least 3 weeks before people are returned to work. One client made false accusations against every single person in the home, when he wasn't beating them up. He's been moved elsewhere now, but not before creating THOUSANDS of dollars in OT all by himself. And #3)Staff are required to stay in hospitals with state clients no matter what, even when dying and unaware anyone is there. Add it up. I'd bet the staffing shortages apply everywhere. Not complicated.

1 Agrees | 1 Disagrees | Report Abuse »


Apr-30-13 12:36 PM

This must mean that the number of retirees at state agencies is about to increase as well. It's a scam that they use to pad their retirement pension. Get rid of overtime pay as part of retirement calculation and the state will save hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

3 Agrees | 2 Disagrees | Report Abuse »

Showing 10 of 10 comments

Post a Comment

You must first login before you can comment.

*Your email address:
Remember my email address.


I am looking for:
News, Blogs & Events Web