ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he was “shocked” to learn 28 top officers in the state police got raises of more than $20,000 last month as some 900 state workers were facing layoffs.

The new governor says he’ll review the increases, which were requested by the police agency after a union agreement bumped some majors to $170,756 salaries, topping executive staff pay.

The executive raises, first reported by WNYT television in Albany following a Freedom of Information Law request, boost staff inspectors to $173,756 yearly and the first deputy superintendent to $182,756.

Cuomo’s office says Wednesday that Joseph D’Amico, who’s nominated to become superintendent, would take a salary of $136,000 in the new job and forgo his pension from the New York City police department.

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