The Town of Huntington spent $60.4 million on payroll for its 1,805 employees in 2014 — a $1.5 million, or 2.6 percent, increase over the previous year, a Newsday analysis of town and city payroll data shows.
Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone’s recent streak as the highest-paid town or city executive on Long Island ended in 2014. His gross pay was $163,845, second behind Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman, who made nearly $166,000 in 2014.
“We’ve had a [pay] freeze” for elected officials, Petrone said. “I guess people will catch up.”
He said the town will extend the freeze to appointed workers in 2016 as part of the effort to hold down costs.
Petrone attributed the increase in overall pay to contracts that had the town giving 2.5 percent raises to many of its employees, while others received promotions.
Two Huntington employees made more than Petrone by cashing out unused sick days: Deputy Supervisor Patricia Del Col was paid $166,007 and Public Transportation Operations Supervisor Andre K. Myrick made $164,010.
A total of 104 town employees made $100,000 or more in 2014. Of those workers, 20 in the Highway Department were paid a total of $2.4 million, including more than $247,000 in overtime. Overall, the Highway Department paid workers $13.2 million, including $595,259 in overtime last year.
The Consolidated Refuse Department spent $343,439 on overtime, while Parks Maintenance paid $240,725 for extra work hours.
Huntington has decreased the proportion of its spending on overtime since 2012, when it accounted for 7.62 percent of total payroll costs. In 2014, Huntington spent $2.5 million, or 4.1 percent of its total payroll costs on overtime.
Petrone said the 2014 overtime spending was largely due to winter storms that had some snowplow crew driving 24 to 48 hours straight to keep the roads clear.
“That winter was brutal,” Petrone said. “They were going day after day.”
The town paid 66 workers $10,000 or more in overtime, with Chief Fire Marshal Terence McNally making the most in 2014 — adding $43,065 in overtime to his $92,113 base pay.
Petrone said McNally accrued so much overtime because, as the marshal, he must be on the scene of most emergencies.
Unlike most other towns and cities across Long Island, Huntington officials didn’t share data on their union versus nonunion employees or full-time versus part-time workers.