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Legislators Asked to Defer Salary Payments [Update]

Cornell urges colleagues to defer some salary in 2012 and 2013.

Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell wants her colleagues to follow her lead and defer a handful of salary payments until December 2014.

Cornell voluntarily agreed to a deferred salary payment program this week. The program is modeled after part of last week’s approved Rockland Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) contract agreement.

As chairperson, Cornell receives $40,805 annually. All the other legislators are paid $32,857 anually.

Cornell sent a letter to other county legislators asking them to voluntarily take the same action.

“I have already signed the authorization to defer, and I urge you to join me in this program so we can demonstrate shared resolve with the county’s workforce as we continue to work together to improve the county’s finances,” Cornell said. 

According to the contract provision, CSEA employees will defer payment of 10 days work in 2012 and 2013 and receive compensation for those days in December of 2014. The Legislature is expected to vote to approve the CSEA, Rockland Association of Management (RAM) and Doctors’ Council contracts at its Wednesday, Sept. 19 meeting.  The other two contracts are similar to the CSEA agreement.

When elected officials and certain appointed officials are in office, the only way their salaries can only be changed is by local law. The county Personnel Commissioner distributed information on the program and a voluntary participation form. Signed forms must be returned to the personnel office by Monday, Sept. 24.

maybe some of them should have applied for that 25 hour a week part time job in clarksclownville that pays 75,000 a year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike Hirsch September 18, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I'm happy that Harriet is starting to lead by example. It's a very small concession, but at least she's starting to get it in the twilight of her career. Let's see what Frankie "show me the money" Sparaco decides to do. Hopefully he's in the twilight of his new career also.
Andrew Wiley September 19, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Good politics but the bigger question is what policies will be put in place to prevent future budget deficits? Raising taxes,fees, and surcharges can only go so far before the public says enough with county government spending.
Mike Hirsch September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Good point Andrew, but the public has said enough. The problem is that most of the citizens simply vote the party line and choose to be uninvolved and uninformed.
stephany September 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Different take-I would like to see just how many RC + town public employees + family members vote for anyone but the status quo regardless of party affiliation. Public employees + family members should vote where the employee works so the public can see how they voted as a block. Outside of Rockland may be party line, not inside.

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