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Report eyes Mohawk Valley government payrolls

Saturday, July 26, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM


A recent study of Mohawk Valley government payrolls says among the top 10 overall highest paid employees were both Montgomery and Fulton counties' district attorneys.

A report released by the Empire Center for Public Policy compared local government payrolls in the Mohawk Valley region from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. According to the press release, researchers produced the report titled "What They Make" by analyzing data submitted to the New York State and Local Retirement System.

According to the report, Fulton County District Attorney Louise A. Sira was paid $146,283 and Montgomery County District Attorney James E. Conboy raked in $145,722.

The two highest-paid local government employees in the region were Utica police officers Wayne A. Manolescu, who was paid $162,559, and James B. Watson Jr., who was paid $153,697.

"The Empire Center produces this report because it is committed to protecting the right of taxpayers to know how their money is being spent," said executive director Tim Hoefer, in the release.

The report is broken up by region and type of government. It includes the payroll information of full time and part-time employees enrolled in a pension system as of April 25, 2014, the study states.

The report says the figures used to compute the averages include regular pay, overtime and pay for unused sick and vacation time.

However, the study does not include pension contributions, health insurance and other fringe benefits.

The study shows Utica police officers and firefighters were paid the most in comparison to other municipalities in the region, with 279 workers collecting $72,428 on average.

The city of Amsterdam police and firefighters came in third, with 73 employees who made an average of $65,159.

For county employees, Montgomery county had the fourth-highest pay rate in the Mohawk Valley region. According to the report, Montgomery County employs 426 officials who were paid $35,780 on average.

Schoharie County had the highest payroll, with 385 officials who made an average of $41,012; Fulton County ranked fifth; and, Herkimer County came in sixth.

Among the town employees who collected the most were Mayfield general municipal workers. According to the report, the town has 15 employees who made an average of $31,379. Mayfield ranked ninth out of 84 towns.

The town of Gilboa, located in Schoharie County, ranked first. According to the report, the town employs 12 officials who made an average of $40,321.

The town of Glen's employees were the highest paid in Montgomery County, with 12 municipal workers, averaging $27,322 between April 2013 and March 2014.

The report also included a list of highest-paid village general employees. The village of Canajoharie ranked eighth among 38 villages. According to the report, the village employs 16 officials who made an average of $30,723 during the time of the study.

The village of Northville was ranked 33rd, with 19 officials who made an average of $14,720.

The village of Ilion, located in Herkimer County, was ranked the village with the highest paid general employees. According to the report, they have 41 employees who make an average of $42,797.


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