Overtime report suggests costs of hunt for escaped killers in New York topped $1 million a day

Associated Press

Payroll records suggest the hunt for two escaped killers in northern New York cost more than $1 million a day, with overtime costs alone for state troopers and corrections officers $22 million higher than last year.

State comptroller records obtained by The Associated Press for June and July show overtime totaled $41 million for the corrections department and $17.6 million for state police. That's roughly twice the amount spent for those months in 2014.

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Those two agencies led the 23-day manhunt by more than 1,100 officers for Richard Matt and David Sweat, who escaped June 6 from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

State forest rangers, federal authorities and Vermont police also joined the search that ended with Matt shot dead June 27 and Sweat wounded and caught two days later.