The Empire Center has posted the annual salaries of 179,000 local government employees in New York, including a retired Town of Clarkstown police officer Thomas Purtill who took home $543,416 during a 12-month period.

The payrolls are available on www.seethroughny.net. For press release, here. For 36-page report, calculating average salaries in 1,512 cities, counties, towns and villages outside New York City, here. New York City salaries were posted earlier this year.

Using the data, Daily Gazette columnist Carl Strock reports (link for paid subscribers only) 59 police and firefighters in Schenectady made more than $100,000, “led by police officer Dwayne Johnson with $169,461.”

He’s the fellow who is suspected of working as a private security guard at a Hess station at the same time he was supposed to be on duty as a cop, and then cheating both employers spending his hours at an apartment. He has been on leave–paid leave–since February.

Not only was Purtill the highest paid local government employee in New York, “four of his Clarkstown colleagues join him among the state’s top 10,” the Journal News reports.

Purtill worked two days a week since injuring his back in December 2006. His total of $543,416 included a $253,000 payout this year to settle a dispute over sick pay entitlements stemming from his disability status.

Next on the state list was Clarkstown police Capt. Robert Mahon, with $332,265. The town police chief, Peter Noonan, was fourth with $315,583; Clarkstown Police Officers Craig Alemi and Peter Aiston were sixth and ninth on the list, making $283,096 and $249,874, respectively.

The Times Union reports:

Within the four-county center of the Capital Region, the top three earners were identified as Dr. Ivan Engel at $194,765, Dr. Gary Oberg at $194,730 and Dr. Robert Harnick at $177,991. All three have offices listed online at 211 Church St. in Saratoga Springs, where the county mental health center is located. 

The fourth top earner was Schenectady police Officer Dwayne Johnson, who made $169,461 in 2008-09, topping the Electric City and other local cities.

On Long Island and the Mid-Hudson region, police and firefighter salaries are the norm. The village of Kensington’s six police officers earned an average of $160,173, according to the Empire Center’s report.

For news stories on the payroll report, see hereherehereherehere, and here.

Originally Published: NY Public Payroll Watch

You may also like

Meanwhile, on the mandate relief front

Governor Cuomo’s 2012-13 budget, to be presented later today, will command media attention for the rest of the week. Advance reports on his modified pension reform proposal are especially promising. Meanwhile, there’s a (fiscally) cost-free approach to helping local governments and school districts alleviate their budget problems: repealing the Triborough Amendment. Read More

Legislature rejects union arbitration cap

Governor Cuomo’s proposal to cap arbitration awards for police and firefighters is not included in the Senate or Assembly budget bills. This may be blessing in disguise: as argued here, Cuomo’s original proposal didn’t go nearly far enough. Since the arbitration law expires on June 30, the governor remains in a commanding position to demand more. Read More

Labor costs rose faster in public sector in ‘09

Employee compensation in the state and local government sector increased at twice the private-sector rate during the 12 months ending in December, according to national data released todayby the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read More

Getting Triborough wrong

“Mandate relief remains elusive,” is one of the state-related headlines in today’s Albany Times Union — and that much, at least, is true. Unfortunately, the articlebeneath the headline repeats a familiar canard about the origins of the Triborough Amendment. Read More

Persuading co-workers to retire

Oneida County employees participating in a proposed cash buyout program would have a strong incentive to get their co-workers to join them: their payments will increase if more employees participate. Read More

Examining MDs

Should physicians, who are licensed by the state of New York, be required to take a civil service exam in order to work for the state of New York? A state judge thinks so, but that's unlikely to be the last word on the controversy. Read More

Teaching without contracts

As schools open, the number of school districts at impasse with teacher unions has increased by 12 percent since a year ago, according to the Public Employment Relations Board. Also noteworthy--although not emphasized by PERB--nearly one out of three school districts has yet to negotiate a new contract with its teachers. Read More

Car 54, where are you?

New York City will track the whereabouts of its 379 building inspectors with GPS technology installed, not in their city-issued vehicles, but in their cell phones. Read More

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100

General Inquiries: Info@EmpireCenter.org

Press Inquiries: Press@EmpireCenter.org

About

The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.

Empire Center Logo Enjoying our work? Sign up for email alerts on our latest news and research.
Together, we can make New York a better place to live and work!