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Comptroller cites $65M jump in state overtime

ALBANY — The New York comptroller reported that state agencies have spent more than $462 million on overtime in the first nine months of this year, a $65 million jump from last year.

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 shows 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.

DiNapoli called overtime reliance “an expensive habit,” urging better personnel management.