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Comptroller: New York State Could Set Record For Overtime Expenditures

Total Expenditures Could Top $600 Million In 2013, According To Report
New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Steve Scott / WCBS 880)

New York State Capitol in Albany (file / credit: Steve Scott / WCBS 880)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state agencies have spent more than $462 million on overtime for the first nine months of the year – an increase of $65 million from last year, according to a state Comptroller’s office report.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said if the trend continues the state could spend record overtime of more than $600 million in 2013.

The total was $529 million last year.

The report showed four agencies with the largest increases and accounting for 70 percent of the total.

They are Department of Corrections, $121.9 million, up 20 percent; Department of Transportation, $36.1 million, up 63 percent; Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, $95.3 million, up 10 percent; and the Office of Mental Health, $71.7 million, up 8 percent.

State Budget Division spokesman Morris Peters said the comptroller’s report lacked context and all agencies have remained within their budgets.

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