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Open Letter On Clarkstown Employees' Car Usage

President of Clarkstown Taxpayers writes to Councilman Hoehman and Councilwoman Hausner about employees assigned Town Cars 24/7


Clarkstown Councilmembers George Hoehmann and Stephanie Hausner,

I thank you for sending me your town car report and I do appreciate the work that both of you have done in this area. After reading your report, I can see that, while you have pulled together many disjointed parts of the old policy into one comprehensive policy, in the end, after 18 months of work, the town now has 30 employees with 24/7 vehicles rather than the 29 employees, who had town cars before you initiated your study.

After all your time and effort, you should have reduced the number of 24/7 town cars, tightened up the mileage monitoring policy and required that the Clarkstown Seal be affixed to both side doors of these 24/7 town cars so as to ensure that these employees are not using these town cars for personal use.

In the end, there are at least 10 employees on this list that have no real reason for having a 24/7 town car other than having a car as a true employment perk and most of them are part of this impossible to comprehend Special Bargaining Unit. The net result of your so called policy review once again illustrates the Town Board’s lack of resolve to address the excessive cost of the generous taxpayer funded fringe benefits granted by Clarkstown to the politically connected. Just as with the unanimously approved , the opportunity to negotiate at least some givebacks was not considered.

I hate to be blunt, but you worked for 18 months on this project and in the end I don’t see any real savings to the taxpayers or any extra assurances that these vehicles are not being used for personal use.

Regards,
Guy Gervasi
President,
Clarkstown Taxpayers

 

(Picture courtesy of Trueminiwargamer.blogspot.com)

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Brenda M August 20, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Who are the 10 employees that should not have town cars? Is this something that is public knowledge?
Mike Hirsch August 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Guy, the only way to to get any meaningful change out of the current administration is to vote them out of office. Unfortunately the deck is stacked against any political newcomers because of the behind the scenes dealings of the party bosses. The fact that the populace is blissfully uninformed does not help. People like to complain but very few will get off the couch and do the work.
amy durbin August 20, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I know one is the head of insurance. When I asked why he needed a 24/7 car, Supervisor Gromack answered that you never know when an emergency insurance form will need to be filled out. I think a fax machine would be cheaper.
Watchdog August 20, 2012 at 04:04 PM
It took 18 monthsandnothing was done.....it just got worse....Gromack just loves to give you that sharp stick in the eye.
ALW August 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM
A pdf form that can be emailed is probably more efficient and cheaper. And, this study took 18 months. A total joke.
Rob August 22, 2012 at 03:46 AM
18 Months of work of working 30 minutes a day and charging the tax payer for a 8 hour day....Perhaps that is why it took so long. It does not seem to hard to do a study on 30 people and their car usage.
Tony l August 22, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Why would a part timer need the use of TOWN car and be allowed to take that car home......
Tony l August 22, 2012 at 01:42 PM
What would a council man need a town car at home for?

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