From the Daily News:
In the middle of a city budget crisis, the agency that runs New York's water and sewer system has doled out almost $300,000 in raises to just 41 workers.
The huge salary jumps at the Department of Environmental Protection - some as high as 35% - come as Mayor Bloomberg has proposed laying off teachers and shrinking the NYPD and FDNY to plug a budget gap of $24 billion in coming years.
DEP officials defended the raises, saying 29 of the workers were promoted to new jobs and 12 took on new responsibilities.
Many of them held titles such as clerical associate, principal administrative associate, associate project manager, administrative manager and administrative public information specialist.
The raises, which took effect in January, averaged 11.8% and will cost the city $298,079 a year.
From the NY Post:
Despite a ballooning budget deficit and a months-long hiring freeze, the state government added hundreds of six-figure employees last year, an Albany-based think tank reported yesterday.
In 2008, state agencies added 232 employees with base salaries exceeding $100,000, according to the Manhattan Institute.
The well-heeled new hires, who included eight members of Gov. Paterson's personal staff, were added as the overall workforce swelled by nearly 1,800.