Four Cayuga County government employees — two psychiatrists, the district attorney and a college president — are among the highest paid local government employees in central New York, according to a report released Wednesday by an Albany think tank.
The Empire Center for Public Policy's annual "What They Make" report found that Dr. Abbas Ispahani, a psychiatrist at the Cayuga County Community Mental Health Center in Auburn, was the highest paid municipal government employee in central New York during the state's 2016-17 fiscal year. Ispahani earned $205,708.
The third and fourth spots on central New York's top 10 list are held by Cayuga County employees. Brian Durant, president of Cayuga Community College, earned $186,785. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann's pay was $186,415.
Dr. Michael Pratts, who is also a psychiatrist at the Cayuga County Community Mental Health Center, was seventh among top earners in central New York. He was paid $180,622.