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Ossining Town Board to Vote On Employee Raises

OSSINING, N.Y. – Town of Ossining administrators and employees will get raises in line with the recently adopted union contract raises, if the Town Board votes to approve the 2012 compensation plan that will be presented at Tuesday's reorganization meeting.

A comparison of annual salaries listed in the 2012 meeting agenda with salaries listed in the 2011 reorganization meeting records shows that salaries for most town employees will increase slightly.

The salary for town attorney, for example, increased from $61,200 to $63,038, the salary of town clerk increased from $81,804 to $83,849, the salary of town justices increased from $35,783 to $42,000 and the salary of motor equipment operators increased from $72,659 to $74,294.

The position of budget officer/personnel director, which was allotted $81,600 in 2011, has changed to budget officer/aide to the supervisor and is now allotted a salary of $56,375. A position of confidential secretary, which was allotted $60,416 in 2011, has been cut.

Town Council member Peter Tripodi said he plans to vote against the 2012 compensation plan on Tuesday because he feels salary increases are not warranted in the current economy.

"I didn't vote for the union contract, I voted against them so there's no way I would support a salary schedule that pretty much follows the union schedule," Tripodi said. "Where the idea comes from that everyone is entitled to a pay raise every year, I don't know. I worked in the private sector and I haven't gotten a pay raise in four years."

Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly said she thinks the 2.25 percent annual salary increase that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters labor union signed into contract in December is part of a "fair contract."

Donnelly noted that the Teamsters and other union members are now contributing to their health benefits whereas a few years ago most union town employees did not contribute to their health benefits.

Donnelly's salary will be $65,769. The salary of town council members will be $11,059 except for Tripodi, who declined a salary increase and will receive $10,842.

Donnelly's committee liaison appointments for 2012 are as follows:

Town Council member Geoffrey Harter: Recreation Advisory Board, Citizen Finance Advisory Committee, Westchester County, Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corp.; Town Council member Eric Blaha: Intermunicipal Agreements Committee, Ossining and Briarcliff School Districts, Village of Ossining Water Department, Town Water Department; Tripodi: Green Ossining Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Ossining Historical Society, NYS Greenway Committee, GO-TV, Ossining Committees That Care; Town Council member Northern Wilcher: Interfaith Council For Action, Ossining Boat & Canoe Club, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor Fire Departments, New York State.

Donnelly is liaison to the Historic Hudson River Towns, the Inter-Municipal Leadership Team, the Westchester Municipal Officials Association, the Citizen Finance Advisory Committee and Ossining Communities That Care and she is also a de-facto liaison for all committees.

The town reorganizational meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Birdsall-Fagan police/court facility at 86-88 Spring St. in Ossining.

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