Overtime costs increased in Huntington due to long 2015 winter

Town of Huntington Highway Superintendent Pete Gunther, seen on Dec. 11, 2014, with department trucks and snowplows. An unusually long and busy winter season in 2015 caused overtime to nearly double from 2014, town officials said. (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Because of an unusually long and busy winter season, overtime nearly doubled in the Town of Huntington between 2014 and last year, town officials said.

Overtime rose 87.5 percent from $2,473,993.33 to $4,637,765.45 during that period. The departments with employees earning the most overtime in 2015 worked in highway, sewer, parks maintenance and water districts.

Those are departments...