In 2018, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island paid employees a total of more than $745 million, a 1.17 percent increase from the year before. Here are the details on who they were and what they were paid by each municipality. 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 2017 start dates for seasonal or temporary employees and instead gave 2018 dates. In addition to 2017 payroll data, Glen Cove supplied revised data for 2015 to include some money paid to retiring employees.
Three towns filed amended data for 2016. Islip: During the process of collecting Islip’s 2017 payroll Newsday discovered that the town had been withholding data on summer workers from the payrolls they provided from 2011 through 2016, despite our request each year for payroll data on “all employees.” Last year we obtained the missing data for 2016, roughly 500 workers, and added them to this database; this year we are adding updated figures for 2011-2015. Huntington: The town notified Newsday this year that it had omitted some payouts to employees in the 2016 data amounting to nearly $1.4 million. Those payouts are now included in this database.
Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters John Asbury, Denise M. Bonilla, Rachelle Blidner, Khristopher J. Brooks, Sophia Chang, Vera Chinese, Jesse Coburn, Deon J. Hampton, Tim Healy, Carl MacGowan, Deborah S. Morris, Rachel O’Brien, Ted Phillips, Antonio Planas, Jean-Paul Salamanca, Nicholas Spangler and Rachel Uda.
Click through the charts below for a town-to-town comparison. You can also select the full list for any municipality, and you can re-sort any list by clicking on column headings.