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Former Albany police officer at top of highest local government pay in Capital Region

ALBANY -- Some local government workers earnings have been released and some are rolling in the dough. That's according to a new report released by government watchdog group, The Empire Center for Public Policy. According to their report, the highest earning local government employee in the Capital Region last year was Brian Lutz. He is the former Albany Police officer found guilty of DWAI last year. Lutz received over $112,000 in retroactive pay after an appellate court reversed his 2011 dismissal making his total pay over $177,000.

He was arrested in 2010 after being found passed out in the drivers seat of his car on 787. He is no longer with the police department.

Other notable names making the top ten list, Albany County District Attorney, David Soars. He earned $159,842 last year. Also, Schenectady Police Lt. Mark McCracken, who is the spokesman for his department. He's listed as earning over $157,000. Albany County health Commissioner James Crucetti, earned over $158,000 last year.

Of the highest paying town and city employers in the Capital Region, Glenville came out on top. The town paying it's police and firefighters the most is the town of Bethlehem.

The amounts listed in this report don't include fringe benefits, like health insurance or pension, which can add more than 35% to the cost for taxpayers.

You can view the full report by clicking here.

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