In 2017, the 15 towns and cities on Long Island employed 19,604 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 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.” We obtained the missing data for 2016, roughly 500 workers, and have added them to this database to enable a comparison with the 2017 payroll. We have requested the earlier missing data and will add it to the database once we have it. Southampton: After reviewing the 2017 payroll data Southampton submitted, the town realized that it had calculated several things incorrectly and had made the same error on the 2016 payroll that we published last year. The town provided corrected data for 2016 and 2017, which appear here. Riverhead: After compiling the 2017 payroll data, the Town of Riverhead realized that they had incorrectly allocated roughly $200,000 between base pay and overtime for 2016 because of a change in their payroll system late that year. Corrected figures for 2016 appear here.
Payroll information was gathered under the state’s Freedom of Information Law by reporters Sarah Armaghan, John Asbury, Denise Bonilla, Sophia Chang, Christine Chung, Jesse Coburn, Stefanie Dazio, Tim Healy, Carl MacGowan, David Olson, Ted Phillips, Jean Paul Salamanca and Nicholas Spangler.
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. To read more about the payroll trends, click here.