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Updated payroll files for Public Authorities have been posted on www.SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s government transparency web site for taxpayers. The new data includes names, titles, base pay rates and total pay received for the 59,979 public authority employees added today.

The top earner was Donald Trump, president and CEO at the Roswell Park Institute, who earned $744,341 in total pay. That was $164,341 more than his annual rate of $580,000. Within this new data set, the 150 highest paid public authority employees worked for either Roswell Park or the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

The extra pay champion was Ronald Alberico, a staff physician at Roswell Park Institute, who earned $556,221 last year, including $237,953 in extra pay.

Newly posted data also include employees of authorities from across the state, such as:

New York City Health and Hospitals city laborer Isael Chang, who earned $457,006;

New York State Urban Development Corporation chief executive officer Maria Lago, who earned $215,000;

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority executive director Lawrence Meckler, who earned $199,224, including $9,017 in extra pay;

New York City Economic Development Corporation president Marc Jahr, who earned $190,000;

Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority chief executive officer Mark Aesch, who earned $188,377, including $33,377 in extra pay; and

Hudson Yards Development Corporation president Ann Weisbrod, who earned $187,881.

Data posted today was provided by the Public Authority Reporting Information System (PARIS), an on-line reporting system administered by the state comptroller. It includes data certified by the comptroller since public authority salaries were last posted on SeeThroughNY June 23, 2009. Depending on the authority, data may be an additional year’s payroll or represent a new addition to SeeThroughNY.

SeeThroughNY allows the public to examine government expenditures on the Internet. It includes the wages of more than 1.5 million employees of New York State government, public authorities, cities, counties, villages, towns and school districts. Also posted are teacher and school superintendent employment contracts for 733 school districts, state legislators’ office expenditures, pork barrel projects, and a benchmarking feature for comparing local government and school district spending. The site was launched July 31, 2008.

The Albany-based Empire Center is a non-partisan, independent think tank.

(For a list of all public authorities posted today, click here.)

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