From the Daily News:
It's nice work if you can get it.
Nearly 5,500 employees spanning more than three dozen state public authorities raked in six-figure salaries last year, the Daily News has learned.
That amounts to 6% of the 90,237 state authority employees on the payroll, according to a recent review by the Authorities Budget Office.
Overall, the budget office found that the average total compensation package for a state authority worker is $70,600.
Long considered a "shadow government," public authorities serve as patronage mills that operate in secret and ring up hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, critics charge.
Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who pushed for the creation of a body to oversee public authorities, said the new numbers shed light on the previously "secretive, Soviet-style bureaucracies."
"To finally have a light on the salary practices will require people to justify salaries which strike the average citizens as strange - and unusually high," Brodsky said.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority topped the charts by employing the most staffers pulling in six figures.