Budget-tightening, hiring restrictions and other economic conditions led employers throughout New York to dole out millions in overtime pay last year, but one employee surpassed all. Robert Henry, a treatment assistant at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center, accrued $106,253 in overtime pay in 2010, according to the New York Daily News.
Henry, whose annual salary is $61,830, claims he has earned more than $1 million in overtime pay over the last 12 years. He is not alone is his overtime haul. Henry is one of four state employees who received more than $90,000 in taxpayer-funded overtime pay, the Daily News detailed. Yet, he looks at his additional time served as a positive.
"You are emphasizing the monetary aspect of what's going on," he told the News. "I'm more concerned about the well-being of the clientele that I serve. This is about public service and I am making a huge sacrifice for the less fortunate kinds that I serve and I feel proud of that."
Overall, New York employers issued more than $438 million in overtime pay in 2010, including $99.5 million in the prison system and $70.8 million in mental health fields, the Daily News reports.
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