- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, reports that New York City’s public school custodians on average were paid more than $109,000 in the 2014 fiscal year, making them the highest paid group of municipal employees last year.

The new city payroll data posted on the center’s website shows that 634 of the 799 custodians received more than $100,000 in pay.

A spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio says Friday that custodians manage as many as 30 employees and their compensation has “been built into our system over decades” through contract negotiations.

They are among 509,000 city workers whose names, titles, base pay and total pay - including overtime - are in the database.

The report shows officers and other employees of the city police department received the most overtime totaling $575.9 million.






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