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NewsChannel 13 Waste Watchers: Behind the Scenes

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 12, 2020 06:49 PM
Created: November 12, 2020 03:18 PM

NewsChannel 13 Waste Watchers

Behind the Scenes

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State Worker OT: Are your tax dollars being spent wisely?

How much does New York State spend in Overtime?

We wanted to know, so we filed a Freedom of Information Request asking for info the top 10 OT earners statewide.

Jan 14, 2020: NC13 WW files first FOIL request

Feb 19, 2020: The state gave us the data

FOIL Statewide Response letter

FOIL Statewide Agency OT Totals

FOIL Statewide Top OT Earners

None of the people in this list were from our coverage area so we narrowed our search.

July 20, 2020: NC13 WW filed a FOIL request – asking for the Top 10 OT earners in each of the counties we cover

Sept 22, 2020: The state gave us the information:

FOIL Counties Response letter

FOIL Counties 2015 data

FOIL Counties 2016 data

FOIL Counties 2017 data

FOIL Counties 2018 data

FOIL Counties 2019 data.

NOTE: each data set includes 11 tabs (one for each county in our coverage area)

We started sifting through the data and found some state workers making nearly 3 times their base salary in OT alone and the same people were doing this year after year but we didn’t want to assume it’s wasteful. The purpose of NewsChannel 13 Waste Watchers is to ask questions to find out if it’s wasteful or if it is a good use of your tax dollars.

Here is what reporter Emily Burkhard and photojournalist Kevin Montano found.


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