Statement By Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey Klein Regarding State Overtime Cuts

The State Senate’s Task Force on Government Efficiency, chaired by State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Klein, commended NYS Director of State Operations Valerie Grey and NYS Budget Director Robert Megna on Wednesday for placing a moratorium on overtime in all Executive Branch agencies.
“Nearly six months after the release of the first investigation by my office which found egregious and unnecessary overtime being spent at a rapid rate by a state agency and nearly three months after the State Senate launched the Senate Taskforce on Government Efficiency which continued to uncover tens of millions of dollars in wasteful overtime spending, I am pleased to see state Budget Director Robert Megna and Director of State Operations Valerie Grey have recognized this is a practice we simply cannot afford. New York State spends more than $400 million each year in overtime, putting an immediate end to unmandated overtime during this tough fiscal time is a difficult decision but a smart one - it's time for New York to get smart about spending abuses, and stop writing checks we can’t cash,” said State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester).