How one NY state employee made $154,000 in overtime in 2017

New York had 17 state workers who were each paid for more than 2,000 overtime hours in 2017, state records showed — with one worker raking in an additional $154,000 in overtime alone.

Desmond Lewis, a treatment aide at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens, topped the list. He got 3,600 hours in overtime last year — which comes to a remarkable 69 extra hours a week and earned him an extra $132,404 in pay.

Lewis was also one of 17 workers who each earned more than $120,000 in overtime alone last year, according to the annual disclosure of the top 30 overtime earners by the state Comptroller's Office.

Overall, overtime in state government jumped 9.7 percent between 2016 and last year: from $694 million to $761 million.

The largest dollar increase among state agencies was for state police, where overtime soared 55 percent or by $26 million. State police have expanded its role in recent years, including adding patrols in New York City at the request of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Morris Peters, a spokesman for the state Budget Division, said state spending on its agencies has remained flat since Cuomo took office and most have cut overtime.

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