News from the Associated Press - November 20, 2013

Associated Press
November 20, 2013

NY comptroller cites $65M jump in state overtime

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York comptroller reports that state agencies have spent more than $462 million on overtime in the first nine months of this year, a $65 million jump from last year.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says if the trend continues the state could spend record overtime of more than $600 million in 2013.

The total was $529 million last year.

The report shows four agencies with the largest increases and accounting for 70 percent of the total.

They are Department of Corrections, $121.9 million, up 20 percent; Department of Transportation, $36.1 million, up 63 percent; Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, $95.3 million, up 10 percent; and the Office of Mental Health, $71.7 million, up 8 percent.

DiNapoli calls overtime reliance "an expensive habit," urging better personnel management.

 

NY town votes down suspension of football rivalry

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — A proposal to suspend a longtime upstate New York college football rivalry for a year after a weekend of destructive celebrations has been voted down.

Local media report that the Cortland Common Council opposed the 2014 ban Tuesday night by a vote of vote of six to two.

The council unanimously approved the creation of a commission that will work to prevent a repeat of the rowdiness that led to last Saturday's arrests of 80 people, including 19 Cortland students.

Hundreds of people partying in houses in Cortland spilled into the streets after Cortland defeated Ithaca in Ithaca, 28-24, in the annual Cortaca Jug game. The Division III schools are 20 miles apart in central New York, and the game attracts thousands to the region.

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