From the Daily News:
Of the top 20 overtime earners from the start of the year through Aug. 31, 13 have already matched or exceeded their base salaries.
Twelve of the top overtime earners work at state psychiatric hospitals. Five work at state prisons. Two others work at state-run facilities for the mentally disabled. Another big earner works at a SUNY-run hospital.
While OT is a distant memory for many private-sector workers, total overtime pay for state workers is up a hefty 8% so far this year over last - despite Gov. Paterson's vow to rein it in.
Through the end of last month, the state had doled out a whopping $299.4 million in extra pay, up $22.4 million from the same period last year, according to the controller's figures.
Erik Kriss, a spokesman for the governor's budget division, blamed budget cutbacks for the OT increases. He said state agencies have to do more with less staff.