MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Nassau County paid more than $26 million last year to 2,000 part-time or season workers, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

Some of those workers even made more than full-time employees in the same job, even during the wage freeze, WCBS 880 reported.

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But Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that statistic doesn’t show the bigger picture.

“The real story here is that we have reduced our labor force by over 1,900 employees, saving hundreds of millions of dollars for the taxpayers each and every year,” Mangano said. “And if you take out Hurricane Sandy, then a number of part-timers are pretty much the same between 2009 and now.”

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Mangano also said part-time employees save taxpayers about 47 percent since they receive no benefits

Some of the part-timers made $50 an hour, Hall reported.

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