Government Worker Strikes Gold at Taxpayer’s Expense


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!

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14 Responses to Government Worker Strikes Gold at Taxpayer’s Expense

  1. Andrew March 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Great stuff to look forward to, once the government winds up “overseeing” private industry as well, for greater “efficiency”. It’s amazing what can be done when money’s no issue.

  2. March 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm #

    @Andrew: Thanks for your comments. How are you doing?
    Talked to your mom a few weeks ago and hope all is well with you.
    Private industry is in the bulls eye of complete government control.
    I gave my bonus back, couldn’t stand the taxes. Smoke screens and mirrors as the noose tightens aroung our necks.
    No one think about what will be left for you young people, your children and our grand children.

    Will keep getting the word out. Have a great day.

  3. March 23, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    @DerekMarkham: Thanks for the link. Appreciate your messages and following.

  4. Dave April 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    good post mate

  5. April 8, 2009 at 10:13 am #

    @Dave: Thanks for your comment.

  6. its up to us now... elect the right people July 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm #

    my God!
    what a disgrace.
    and what a very noble gentleman.
    he has nothing to be ashamed of… he continues to try.

    the shame lies with our current government… any governing body with this going on is at fault no matter how it was started.

    i am totally blown away by this story.

  7. July 20, 2009 at 2:56 pm #

    @its up to us now. Thanks for your comments. The problem is with the government and its greedy and power politics. If you cross the line with the wrong people, as this man did, he was punished and put in the situation he is now in. But this is still a big waste of taxpayers money.
    If you want to make a differece, call your Representatives and Senators. Tell them to vote against the energy bill (cap and trade) and the new medical bill that will gut Medicare and kill small businesses. Taxation, greed and power at its finest.

  8. July 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    My FHA Experts: Thanks for your comments.
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