Metro-North overtime up 10 percent in 2015

| Poughkeepsie Journal

Metro-North overtime was up 10 percent in 2015, according to figures from the Empire Center for Public Policy.

The Albany-based think tank found the railroad spent $105.3 million in overtime last year, an average of $13,966 per employee.

In total, overtime spending for the entire Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) — which runs Metro-North, the Long Island Railroad, the New York City subway system, several of the city’s bridges and tunnels, its buses and a police force — rose 11 percent, totaling $876 million.

In comparison to the MTA’s other operating subsidiaries, Metro-North’s overtime growth was modest. Employees at Metro-North headquarters earned $3.7 million in overtime in 2015, up 179 percent from 2014. Overtime on the Long Island Railroad grew by 23 percent to $150 million, while bridge and tunnel employees’ overtime shot up 19 percent to $21.9 million and police 15 percent to $21.2 million.

The Empire Center also published a list of the top 50 highest-paid MTA employees in 2015. Of those 50, half were Metro-North employees, including four of the top five.

Donald Pritchett, a model surfacing instructor for the railroad, was the authority’s highest-paid employee at $399,006, followed by Robert O’Connell, a Metro-North track supervisor, who earned $355,754 last year. Harry Dobson, supervisor of structures andGrand Central Terminal, was paid $352,480 last year.

All three made more than MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast, whose 2015 pay came to $346,706, and Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti, who was paid $338,692.

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