The city has put 12,000 people on the payroll since September, when the mayor ordered agencies to make only "critically necessary" hires to get ready for a budget crunch.
While a little more than half of the hires are part-time, generally low-paid employees, some 5,305 are full-timers, and 2,900 of those were brought aboard after Nov. 1, when Mayor Bloomberg imposed an out-and-out hiring freeze.
City added thousands to payroll since Mayor Bloomberg ordered freeze
The city hired hundreds of crucial front-line staffers since Sept. 8 - child abuse caseworkers, garbage collectors, social workers, EMTs and cops - a list of city employees provided under the Freedom of Information Law shows.
But it also found room for plenty of policy analysts, assistants, project coordinators and others with seemingly less critical roles.
The Sanitation Department hired a $25-an-hour photographer. The Transportation Department put on a $95,000-a-year spokesman, and the Cultural Affairs Department hired two "associate arts programs specialists" for a combined $104,000.
The mayor's office hired 26 salaried staffers since Sept. 8 for $1.2million a year; 19 are paid with city funds.
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