While New Yorkers and the rest of American taxpayers are going broke, one state worker is striking gold:
“I do nothing all year and get paid $93,803 per year just for showing up at my work place and this has been going on since 2002! I want to work, but I have been shoved off to a little corner and am paid no attention, but the pay is great.” — Source
He spends much of his workday at the State Insurance Fund donning headphones, listening to rock ‘n’ roll, blues or classical tunes, watching cars go by, sometimes just sitting doing nothing and his superiors are cool with that.
His work agenda involves placing his feet up on his desk, staring out his office window and counting cars on the New York State Thruway. He arrives at 7:30 a.m., leaves at 3:30 p.m., sees no one and talks to no one.
He never does any work. It’s been this way for Randall Hinton for most of this decade.
As he tells it, Randall Hinton is paid $93,803 a year to do nothing. “I just sit here,” said Hinton, 55, of Niskayuna, a 27-year state employee who has held several high-level posts at various agencies.
At 6 feet 4 inches and 265 pounds he is an imposing figure who begins to tear up when discussing his situation. A member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine, he said he is being discriminated against because of his national origin and retaliated against for having sued the state.
Since February 2002, Hinton has been director of investigations for the Insurance Fund, but he said he has never been allowed to investigate anything. Instead, he builds up pension credits, year after year, but is unproductive at work because his superiors are blackballing him, according to he and his former boss.
Hinton contends he is without portfolio as retaliation for suing Gov. George Pataki’s administration 10 years ago, alleging discrimination then, too. That was after getting stuck in a storeroom for two years for refusing to leave his post at the Department of Environmental Conservation, where he headed investigations.
“This is not about me,” he said, asserting that he is trying to make a name for Native Americans in public service. “I’m ashamed of my situation. I’m embarrassed. Nobody cares. They don’t care about Indians.”
What in the world is going on? The state of New York is in dire financial straights and they turn their heads on this situation? New York taxpayers are worried and a fiasco like this won’t make them any happier. To top it off, New York is adding additional taxes to help pay for a stupid decision to pay one man nearly $100,000 a year for not working.
What do you think the state of New York is affraid of? Bet it might be a discrimination lawsuit because the man is Native American!