Hurricane Sandy Has Cost NYC $154M in Overtime: Report

Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 3:13 PM EDT
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Hurricane Sandy and its cleanup have cost New York City more than $150 million in overtime for city workers, with $133 million of that paid to the police, sanitation and fire departments, according to a report Friday.

The city's Independent Budget Office said city agencies have reported a total of $154.1 million on Sandy-related overtime from Oct. 29 through Dec. 24.

The NYPD has racked up $70.9 million, Sanitation has paid out $53.6 million and the FDNY counts $8.6 million.

The Parks Department has also spent $4.7 million, while the Transportation Department has spent $3.1 million and Environmental Protection Department has spent $2.5 million.

The Bloomberg administration estimates city agencies spent $4.5 billion responding to the Oct. 29 storm and has asked for federal aid. Congress approved $9.7 billion to pay flood insurance claims for home and business owners Friday, and is expected to vote Jan. 15 on an additional $51 billion in recovery money.

But the IBO has said that it is possible that the city will have to shoulder some of the recovery costs on its own.

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