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 What They Make
2011-12 County and Municipal Payrolls in NYS
Local government is a labor-intensive business, and employee compensation is thesingle biggest element of most municipal budgets. The 2011-12 edition of
What They Make
, the Empire Center’s annual report on public payrolls, allows New York taxpayersto compare this key element of local government costs around the state.The salary information in this report is based on data submitted to the New York Stateand Local Retirement System by all local governments other than New York City. Thecounty and municipal data do not include job titles, which are not reported to the statecomptroller, although uniformed police officers and firefighters are classified in aseparate retirement system.The county and municipal payroll database consists of all full-time and part-timeworkers enrolled in the pension system at any point from April 1, 2011 through March31, 2012, including employees who left or retired, and those hired during the year.Salary totals, included in the averages, include overtime and pay used for unused sickand vacation time. It is important to note that the figures do
include pensioncontributions, health insurance, and other fringe benefits, important elements ofcompensation that can easily amount to 30 to 40 percent of salary costs.This report provides a summary analysis of payroll information, broken down into twocategories –“General Employees” and “Police and Fire.”
Tables on the following pagesalso highlight:
the 20 highest-paid county and municipal workers in the state – topped by PeterBrower, a police chief in the Town of Ramapo who collected more than $320,000;
the highest average salaries grouped by employer type – led by Clarkstown’s 163police and fire employees at an average salary of $179,689; and
a regional breakdown of employee counts and average salaries.Information on individual public employee salaries can be found at the Empire Center’stransparency website,www.SeeThroughNY.net. The site includes a searchabledatabase of 165,554
people who collected a total of more than $9 billion in pay from1,509 city, county, town, and village governments outside New York City during thepension system fiscal year ending March 31, 2012.
A category labeled “Special Districts,” including library and fire districts, exists on the SeeThroughNY.net database, but is not
Please note that this number may count the same person multiple times if they are listed more than once in the data.
Empire Center for New York State Policy | www.SeeThroughNY.net
Table of Contents
Highest Paid Employees 3Top Average Salaries by Municipality and Employer Type 3Regional Employment and Salary Summaries 4City Employees – Breakdown by RegionCapital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson,Mohawk Valley5North Country, Southern Tier, Western New York 6County Employees – Breakdown by RegionCapital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson,Mohawk Valley, North Country7North Country (cont’d.), Southern Tier, Western New York 8Town Employees – Breakdown by RegionCapital 9Central New York 11Finger Lakes 12Long Island 15Mid-Hudson 15Mohawk Valley 17North Country 19Southern Tier 21Western New York 23Village Employees – Breakdown by RegionCapital 27Central New York 27Finger Lakes 28Long Island 29Mid-Hudson 31Mohawk Valley 32North Country 33Southern Tier 34Western New York 35
 What They Make
: 2011-12 County and Municipal Payrolls in New York
Highest Paid County and Municipal Employees
Rank NameEmployer Total 
1 Peter Brower Town of Ramapo (Police & Fire) $321,7192 Anthony Ovchinnikoff Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $270,8243 Gary Renick Nassau County (Police & Fire) $269,6164 Michael Lambert Nassau County (Police & Fire) $267,1795 Daniel Weisberg Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $265,1136 Robert Mahon Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $264,5137 Richard Doerler Nassau County (Police & Fire) $262,0808 Adam Scheiner Nassau County (Police & Fire) $261,6169 Charles Delo Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $259,24510 Daniel Duggan Village of Old Westbury (Police & Fire) $258,34711 Robert Donaldson Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $258,16612 Michael Sullivan Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $254,20813 Paul Modica Village of Spring Valley (Police & Fire) $253,17514 James Panarello Nassau County (Police & Fire) $251,04115 Charles Fahd Town of Massena (General Employee) $250,43016 Daniel Woolley Town of Clarkstown (Police & Fire) $248,52417 Terence Loughlin Nassau County (Police & Fire) $246,94418 Dwight Campbell Lewis County (General Employee) $245,00019 Gerard Crawford Lewis County (General Employee) $245,00020 Daniel Ellison Lewis County (General Employee) $245,000
Highest Average Salaries Statewide -- by Employer Type
General Employees Police and Fire
Rank Employer Number of employees Salary Rank Employer Number of employees Salary 
1 Yonkers 926 $69,355 1 Glen Cove 48 $156,8462 Peekskill 138 $67,030 2 Long Beach 105 $128,3733 Rye 105 $63,701 3 Yonkers 1,036 $117,8514 New Rochelle 282 $63,388 4 Peekskill 81 $108,7055 White Plains 595 $63,077 5 Rye 50 $106,577
1 Westchester 4,925 $75,920 1 Nassau 2,281 $150,8282 Nassau 6,910 $70,052 2 Suffolk 2,513 $144,0043 Putnam 613 $66,247 3 Westchester 261 $129,6204 Rockland 2,643 $65,184 4 Monroe 22 $71,6415 Suffolk 8,828 $62,956
1 New Castle 86 $72,414 1 Clarkstown 163 $179,6892 Clarkstown 364 $70,451 2 Ramapo 109 $156,3943 Ramapo 246 $69,961 3 Haverstraw 66 $135,3394 Harrison 170 $69,100 4 Orangetown 86 $134,3785 Cortlandt 152 $68,450 5 Riverhead 85 $131,410
1 Sands Point 11 $88,410 1 Kings Point 22 $178,5652 Saddle Rock 1 $85,000 2 Kensington 6 $177,3953 Thomaston 5 $77,213 3 Old Westbury 26 $167,8564 Old Westbury 23 $75,989 4 Lloyd Harbor 13 $159,4175 Old Brookville 9 $75,099 5 Lynbrook 47 $157,965

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