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FDNY: Sandy Partly To Blame As OT Costs Hit All-Time High

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Overtime pay at the city's fire department has hit an all-time high, coming in at $308 million for the current fiscal year.

The FDNY says some of that is because of Hurricane Sandy.

However, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said he expects overtime hours to drop because of the 300 firefighters that were sworn-in last month.

More new hires are expected in July.

"Once we get those firefighters in the field, our next year's budget is $215 [million], down from $231 [million], and another class comes it will go down even further. Yeah, we're leveling off and we'll certainly go down now with the new firefighters in the field," Cassano said.

The department also blames fallout from a long-standing discrimination lawsuit, which led to a lengthy hiring freeze.

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