Overtime cutback evident in Niskayuna top salaries list

By REBECCA ISENHART
Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — The two highest-paid employees in 2014 at Niskayuna Town Hall went neck-and-neck for the top spot, with Comptroller Paul Sebesta coming out ahead of Superintendent of Water and Sewer Richard Pollock by just over $2,000, according to town records.

Sebesta and Pollock earned the same base pay, $120,214, but Sebesta, who began working for the town in 1988, got a $2,302 buyback for giving up a week of vacation.

“In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do that,” he said. “I ran out of vacation.”

In 2015, he doesn’t plan on participating in the buyback program.

Department heads leading the list of high earners on the town payroll is a change from 2013, when multiple police retirements caused staffing shortages and forced additional overtime. That year, Michael Stevens, who has since been promoted to lieutenant, earned $123,294, including $85,330 in base pay and $27,558 in overtime.

The other eight top earners in 2014 were all members of the Police Department, however, with many bolstered by overtime.

Read the rest of Rebecca Isenhart’s story at The Daily Gazette.