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DiNapoli addresses 2014 priorities, 2013 overtime


ALBANY, N.Y. -- State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli laid out his priorities for 2014 on Tuesday, but he also talked about 2013's accomplishments and issues the state faces.

"We asked state agencies to take a hard look at how they use overtime and to certainty double their efforts to reduce what is becoming an expensive habit," he said.

Comptroller DiNapoli said state employees logged in nearly 15 million hours in overtime last year, costing tax payers a lot of money. He said overtime earnings at state agencies rose to a record of $611 million -- almost a 16 percent increase compared to 2012.

Three agencies, the Office of Mental Health, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities accounted for more than 60 percent of overtime hours in 2013.

But at the same time, DiNapoli's office found the state's agency workforce has declined 10 percent from 2007 to 2013.

He also discussed some of the initiatives he'd like to see his office accomplish this year, which includes focusing on unauthorized and inappropriate use of IT systems in local governments.

As for the governor's proposed executive budget, the comptroller says his office is conducting a detailed review.

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