In less than two months, New York City has spent more than $154 million in overtime costs for city workers in relation to Hurricane Sandy, reports the New York Times.
Eighty-one percent of the cost went to the Police and Sanitation Departments alone, according to a report released on Friday by the Independent Budget Office.
Over all, 42 city agencies reported overtime costs related to the hurricane, from Oct. 29 to Dec. 24, according to the budget office, which relied on payroll data. After the Police Department ($70.9 million) and Sanitation Department ($53.6 million), the biggest expenses were reported by the fire ($8.6 million), parks ($4.7 million) and transportation ($3.1 million) agencies.
And these costs do not include those incurred by the New York City Housing Authority, because payroll data was not available, or by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority or Health and Hospitals Corporation, because they are not city agencies.
The cost of Hurricane Sandy has been a dominant news topic this week. Congress delayed a vote on a $60 billion relief package, prompting howls of protest from local Republicans, among others, that resulted in the House’s approval on Friday morning of $9.7 billion in relief financing.
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