Local Government Employee Pay in 2009-10

Source: Empire Center, August 26, 2010

The names and salaries of 186,223 people who worked for New York’s county, city, town and village governments in 2009-10 are available at www.SeeThroughNY.net, the transparency website sponsored by the Manhattan Institute’s Empire Center for New York State Policy.

The Empire Center also released a report, “2009-10 Public Payrolls,” which summarizes average wages on a regional basis for each of the 1,512 local governments (outside New York City) contained in the database, which is based on reports filed with the state pension system. Some highlights:

– County and municipal salaries during the period totaled nearly $9.6 billion.

– The highest paid municipal employee in the state in 2009-10 was Town of Clarkstown Police Chief Peter Noonan, who earned a total of $301,534.

– Among those appearing on multiple payrolls during the year, the individual with the most numerous employers was Raynor Duncombe, who earned $36,959 as a part-time attorney for 11 Schoharie County jurisdictions.

– One individual who appeared on both the “highest-paid” and “multiple employers” list was Michael J. Bolender, who collected a total of $249,979 in salaries while working for six different western New York towns and villages.

– The highest average salary for any group–$158,965–was reported for the 46 officers employed by the Village of Lynbrook on Long Island. Among larger employers, the town of Clarkstown paid its 168 cops a state-leading average of $146,067. Six-figure average salaries were the norm for local police and firefighters throughout Long Island and the lower Mid-Hudson region.

– For general employees outside the police and fire pension system, the top average salary of $81,172 was paid by the Village of Old Westbury. Among counties, Westchester general employees were paid the highest statewide average salary at $69,607. Among cities, Yonkers topped the statewide list at $71,659. And among towns, the statewide leader was yet another Westchester jurisdiction–New Castle, at $67,126.

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