Public Hearing On Pol Pay Hikes

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port-washingtonA new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan’s plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the Supervisor, $115,000 for the Receiver of Taxes and $105,000 for the Town Clerk. 

Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.

“This proposal seeks to make North Hempstead elected officials salaries comparable with neighboring towns such as Huntington, Hempstead and Oyster Bay and would still leave the town council and supervisor salaries the lowest in Nassau County. In fact, town council salaries are currently the same as they were in 1989. This proposal would not raise taxes nor would it result in the 2014 budget breaking the tax cap.”

With the unemployment rate declining, an increase seems timely but may not receive public support. The interim superintendent says the total for the town board raises would be $140,000, which he says would come out of the town’s contingency fund. Riordan says it would not increase the tax rate or cause the 2014 budget to pierce the tax cap.

He has reviewed the salaries of elected officials in other Long Island townships, including Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington. “Based on this review, it is evident that the salaries of elected officials in the Town of North Hempstead are less, and in some instances, substantially less, than the salaries in these counterpart townships,” he said. “It is for this reason, coupled with the hard work, long hours and dedication to service of elected officials in the Town of North Hempstead, that I am recommending to the Town Board that the salaries for elected officials in the Town be increased for the 2014 calendar year.”

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Port Washington News, special features including the Business Quarterly column, Manhasset Magazine, Pride In Port, Port Washington News, Port Gift Guide and other special sections. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations.
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