In 2015, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island employed 20,339 full-time, part-time or seasonal workers. Here are the details on who they were and what they were paid. The difference between base pay and total pay can be accounted for by many factors besides overtime, including shift differential, or payouts for unused vacation or sick time. Retiring workers may have received substantial payouts. Not all municipalities reported retirement or termination dates for all employees. Some towns could not provide a base pay for hourly workers. In some of those cases, an hourly pay rate is listed instead.
In some cases, a worker’s total pay may be less than the base pay because the worker did not work the whole year, taking an unpaid leave, for example. Some municipalities had names repeated. Unless the worker had the same exact title in the same department, those repetitions are listed here. Some towns could not supply 2015 start dates for seasonal or temporary employees and instead gave 2016 dates. Hempstead Town realized that overtime payments for 2014, posted last year, had been compiled inconsistently; those are now fixed.
Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters John Asbury, Valerie Bauman, Sophia Chang, Christine Chung, Lisa Irizarry, Will James, Carl MacGowan, David Olson, Ted Phillips and Nicholas Spangler.
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