New York state agencies racked up more than $316 million in overtime in the first six months of 2014, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers.
The startling numbers come from a mid-year report issued Tuesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says the increase is troubling and should be addressed. Spending has skyrocketed $22 million over the same period in 2013.
(Airs 8/8/14) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and Politics. On this week’s Gazette: Governor Andrew Cuomo is tapping his campaign war chest to pay for a criminal defense lawyer after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said his office is looking into possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering in the activities of the Moreland Commission. Our political observer Alan Chartock weighs in on how these developments might affect November’s election. And, we’ll take a look at a unique new state law enforcement training program.
Details about alleged interference in an ethics probe by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aides are leaking out daily, and most newspapers have run critical editorials. But it remains to be seen how deeply the controversy will affect the race for governor, where Cuomo is still the front-runner by a wide margin.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his first public appearance since potentially damaging news came out about his staff’s tampering with an ethics probe, tried to change the subject by talking about economic development. But the story continues to dog the governor.