When it comes to payroll disbursement, Suffolk and Nassau counties hold the top two positions in a ranking of 3,234 state and local government entities for the fiscal year that ended in March 2013. They were in the numbers 1 and 2 spots, respectively, as well, for the previous fiscal year's list of entities in the state.
Suffolk's 2013 payroll was up slightly by 0.21 percent, rising to $928,943,275.62 from 2012's $926,980,482.91. Nassau saw a 2.79 percent decline to $821,102,519.68 from 2012's $844,658,761.57.
The two counties' payrolls combined account for 6.35 percent of the $27.5 billion in state and local payroll, which excludes wages of New York City's employees.
Long Islanders can check the list to see where their towns, villages and other government agencies rank when it comes to payroll outlays.
The ranking is based on wage data for workers participating in the state Employee Retirement System or the Police and Fire Retirement System, data that is part of the public record and that was obtained by Newsday through a Freedom of Information Law request. New York City workers are not part of those retirement systems, nor are teachers and school administrators in the state.
Third, fourth and fifth on the list for both years were the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the division of state police and Westchester County. Also in the top 25 for 2013 were Nassau Health Care Corp. -- the public benefit corporation that runs Nassau University Medical Center -- at number 15 and the Town of Hempstead at 22.
A previous ranking shows the top earners in the state, with four Nassau Health Care Corp. employees among the top five. That's according to state comptroller's office statistics for the same fiscal year.