Clarkstown Board Appoints Fleet Manager

Dennis Malone appointed to new highway department position


The Clarkstown Town Board appointed Dennis Malone of Congers to the newly created position of of the town garage.  The former mini trans supervisor is now responsible for overseeing the town’s mechanics and reports directly to the town board, not to Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard. The position pays $93,637 annually and is retroactive to Monday, Sept. 3.

Councilmembers Stephanie Hauser and Shirley Lasker were both absent from the Tuesday night meeting at which the vote was taken. Lasker had objected to the pending appointment at the prior meeting and stated she thought it was illegal because it took away the highway superintendent’s authority to manage the department’s equipment. Malone will oversee the town’s mechanics who have been consolidated having previously worked separately for the town garage, mini trans bus and highway department.

Town highway superintendents in Rockland County previously objected to Clarkstown’s plans to make the appointment. Orangetown Highway Superintendent Jim Dean said he and his colleagues are not opposed to a fleet manager position or consolidation of the town’s mechanics into one garage entity.  They object to the fleet manager not reporting to Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard. Dean sad it could mean that with equipment maintenance not being under his control, the plows might not be ready when Ballard needs them.

Dean pointed out the Clarkstown Town Board already has control over the highway department through its budget which the board must approve. He said the change could really affect transparency in government.  If things do not run smoothly in the highway department, the superintendent would look bad at the next election.

Dean said the highway superintendents at the county level along with their state association were following the issue closely and would consider legal action.

“We know it’s in direct conflict with New York State Highway Law,” said Dean.    

The Real Mary Smith September 05, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Can someone please explain what is going on in the Town of Clarkstown. It seems to me like the Town Board has gone mad!
Irate Taxpayer September 05, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Again...more government spending when it is not necessary. Another $100K + pension and benefits for what real purpose? Geez...stop the wild spending already.
Budget minded September 05, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Creating a new position in the town but 2 council members absent? Come on show up and voice your concern if your against it. We have Paramedics-Superviors that make 60K, No Holiday pay and 2 weeks vacation after 15 years of service and are getting told that there might not be any raises this year. Creating a "new" position at 75K to when Wayne does a great job! WASTE! I have to say I have always supported the the Board. But after the 1% fee to collect school taxes and creating positions, getting told they are looking to cut EMS funding and 2 members can make meetings...its time to rethink our leadership.
Joe Ciardullo September 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I agree 100%. We need more people involved and people who will speak up against what they are doing. Pretty soon we will all need to take in a boarder to afford to live here. The board knows nothing of living within your means, or fiscal responsibility. it's how much can I get for me, myself and I, and my friends and family.
Mike Hirsch September 05, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The garage consolidation and new position is a good idea because it will save the town money. Malone gets under a $10,000 raise and will save the town over $500,000 through increased efficiency. Ballard has shown that he is a politician first and a highway superintendent second by appointing Frank Sparaco to a $75,000 do nothing job.
Watchdog September 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Dump Hausner and do nothing Shirley for being cowards and not showing up for a crucial vote?. This is preposterous.
Zedekiah September 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
It's not saving any money. Your just a liberal dissenter who is anti republican.
R. Nite September 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Mike Hirsch September 05, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Labeling people is counterproductive. I happen to be a registered republican, though I think of myself as an independent.
Chris September 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Dennis is not getting thet much more money and now he will have Frankie B to fetch and step for, I don't envy him.
Con September 05, 2012 at 05:05 PM
What is going on here? First the county wanted to make the Highway Department position (Wayne Ballard's) an appointed position not an elected one. Now they appoint Dennis Malone to report to Wayne Ballard. Dennis Malone ran against Ballard in the last election. It seems as though the town board is trying to get control over the highway department any way they can. Ballard is doing a great job.
Robin Traum (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Con Just to clarify, Clarkstown wanted to change the highway department superintendent from an elected position to an appointed one. The voters rejected that idea in November. The town board just appointed Dennis Malone as fleet manager of the town garage. In his new position, Malone will report to the town board and the supervisor not the town highway superintendent. Robin
Chris September 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Speaking of people not showing up. Dennis Malone didn't even show face last night but there are plenty of pictures of him here making it appear that he was present.
Yosef Ha Rama Theo September 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
So I guess Wayne will be running unopposed next year. Nice!!!!
Robin Traum (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Chris I did not see Dennis Malone at the meeting last night. We used a file photo of him for the article along with photos of Wayne Ballard and Jim Dean, the Orangetown Highway Superintendent, who were also mentioned in the article. Robin
amy durbin September 06, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Good thing the voters voted down changing Ballard's position from elected to appointed. Jay Savino might now be our Superintendent of Highways!!!!
Mike Hirsch September 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We always have a choice. He is the sole appointing authority. I know that Sparaco and Lettre put alot of pressure on him, but he buckled to that pressure. Besides, it's a $20,000/year job. As I said previously, he has shown that he is a politician first and a highway superintendent second.


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