There are new cracks in the budget!
Overtime spending at the city’s embattled Housing Authority ballooned to $95.5 million last year, as employees labored to correct scandalous living conditions that led to a partial federal takeover of the agency, new payroll figures show.
The big spending came as more than half of NYCHA’s 13,000 employees worked extra time between July 2018 and June 2019, according to an analysis of payroll data by the conservative Empire Center think tank.
Overall, New York City spent $1.9 billion on overtime in its most recent budget, according to the figures.
NYCHA’s overtime spending has risen in recent years, growing 58 percent from the $60.6 million it spent during the city’s 2015 budget.
The $95.5 million it spent during the most recent budget is also up 1 percent from the $94.5 million it spent during the 2018 budget, which ended in June 2018.
A NYCHA spokesman attributed the overtime surge in recent years to growing repair needs and new efforts to combat the utility’s chronic heat and water outages, which are often linked to its decrepit pipes and plumbing in its 316 housing developments.
That’s born out in who scored the overtime.
The authority’s 19 plumbing supervisors scored the biggest average overtime payments, earning $71,505 from extra shifts on average.
They are charged with supervising and directing the work done by NYCHA’s plumbers and other staff in connection with the water, drainage and gas systems at the sprawling public housing agency. All told, they racked up a combined $1.4 million from 12,492 hours of overtime.
One of those plumbers, Robert Procida, scored the biggest overtime payday at the agency — $181,422, which he earned from 1,668 hours of extra shifts. That’s an average of 32 hours of overtime a week.
It brought his total take-home pay up to $286,246, the Empire Center found.
Procida has worked at the agency since 1987, records show.
The union that reps NYCHA’s plumbers, United Association Local 1, did not return a message from The Post seeking comment.
“Our goal is to improve productivity and deliver the highest level of service to our residents, and we will use all tools at our disposal, including overtime,” said NYCHA spokesman Chester Soria.
Top 5 NYCHA plumbers:
- Robert Procida — 1,668 hours of OT, worth $181,422.13
- Daniel Hock Jr. — 1,233.75 hours of OT, worth $130,901.16
- Jose Ortiz — 1,223 hours of OT, worth $124,343.01
- Kevin Higgins — 1,029.50 hours of OT, worth $115,486.97
- Secundino Rivera Jr. — 1,021.50 hours of OT, worth $114,892.80