State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says state overtime pay rose nearly 11 percent last year to $529 million, continuing a costly trend since workforce cuts beginning in 2009.
A big increase was in the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which was the subject of a March budget fight in the Legislature over the latest cut. DiNapoli says the office saw an average of seven hours of overtime paid to an employee each two-week pay period. The overall staff sized dropped by nearly 3,000 workers since 2008 to 22,672.
The Office of Mental Health and the department that runs prisons and parole accounted for 67 percent of overtime.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has held state spending to under 2 percent, saving billions, to confront deficits and waste.