The Empire State Shelled Out 761 Million In Overtime Last Year

02.28.18 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

New York state government overtime jumped nearly 10 percent between 2016 and last year.

An upstate prison nurse raked in nearly $154,000 in overtime alone. With regular hours factored in, that works out to an average of 12 hours a day, every day for a full year.

New York had 17 state workers each paid for more than 2,000 overtime hours in 2017.

The agency with the largest hours of overtime last year was the Department of Corrections.

Unions have urged the state to hire more workers.