ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – State agencies are slated to spend record amounts of money on overtime this year, due largely to the costs incurred by corrections and mental health institutions.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced today that state agencies have spent more than $337 million on overtime in the first six months of 2015. This accounts for a $21 million increase from the same period in 2014.
Following the current trajectory, total overtime costs for 2015 would set an all-time record, exceeding $700 million.
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Division of State Police overtime costs for the months of June and July alone increased by more than $22 million since 2014.
The mid-year totals reflect only a small portion of the overtime costs brought on during the statewide search for the escaped prisoners from the Clinton Correctional Facility. Overtime attributed to the manhunt was paid in July and is not included in this analysis.
Three agencies – the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Office of Mental Health – have accounted for 63 percent of total overtime spending during the first six months of 2015.
Overtime costs have been rising since 2010 and overtime earnings went up by nearly 50 percent. However, the number of state agency employees declined by more than eight percent to 251,829.