A Clarkstown resident questioned town employee salaries and responsibilities after reviewing the 2013 salary schedule but did not receive any immediate answers to his questions. The 30-page schedule, approved at the December 20, 2012 town board meeting, is posted on the town web site. Tom Nimick of New City posed his questions about the rates of pay and responsibilities for various positions at last Tuesday's town board meeting.
Nimick requested an explanation of the $69.53 hourly rate of pay for a Bingo inspector and about the duties of the director of finance. He compared the Bingo inspector’s hourly wage to that of Rockland County Legislator Frank Sparaco’s $57.69 hourly salary for a part-time constituent services assistant position with the Clarkstown Highway Department. Public outcry occurred after learning Sparaco earned $75,000 for a 25-hour per week position.
“(It) also appears that the position of the director of finance, Mr. John Sullivan, at a at a salary of $114,132. Please explain how this position and office is different from the office of comptroller for which we pay $176,941,” Nimick asked. “As a matter of fact no finance department is listed in your descriptions of town offices. What does this person do?”
When his public comment period of three minutes ended, Nimick sought more time because the town had not posted the salary schedule when the town board approved it. But his requested was denied.
Supervisor Alex Gromack responded, “No, you can come back next meeting and ask more questions.”
He added that Nimick could send him the list of questions which he would he review with the town comptroller. Nimick sent that letter on February 5 requesting further information.
Community members have frequently criticized the rate of pay in the Clarkstown Police Department.