Eleven state workers pulled down more than $100,000 in overtime alone last year. In 2012, five state workers did.
James Weeks, a corrections officer at the state prison in Coxsackie, Columbia County, earned the most overtime, a whopping $119,000 in 2013—on top of his $90,000 salary. He worked 3,067 hours of overtime, according to records released today by the state Comptroller’s Office. That equates to 59 hours a week in overtime.
Second on the list was Robert Henry, a treatment assistant at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in New Hampton, Orange County. Henry was second last year too.
The Comptroller’s Office released the top 20 overtime earners in 2013. It said it did not have a full tally of how much overtime cost in 2013 at state agencies.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in November warned that overtime costs at state agencies jumped 16 percent in the first nine months of the year and were on pace to hit a record $600 million in 2013. But Cuomo’s office disputed the figures, saying much of the increase was related to storm related cleanup.
Here’s the breakdown of top overtime earners.