ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime costs alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.
State comptroller records obtained by The Associated Press for the June and July pay periods show overtime totaled $41 million for the corrections department and $17.6 million for the state police, roughly double the combined 2014 total.
Those two agencies led the massive 23-day manhunt by more than 1,100 officers for Richard Matt and David Sweat, who escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility at Dannemora.
State forest rangers, federal authorities and Vermont police also joined the search that ended with Matt shot dead June 27 and Sweat wounded and caught two days later.
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