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Constituent Services Job Filled At Clarkstown Highway Department

Frank Sparaco started in part-time position on Monday

Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard announced today he hired Frank Sparaco, a Rockland County legislator, as the department’s new part-time constituent services assistant.

Sparaco started working Monday in the $75,000 a year position.  The 25-hour a week position does not include benefits: medical, or vacation or sick days.  As a legislator, Sparaco receives medical benefits.

In a statement prepared for tonight’s Town Board meeting, Ballard noted the position was advertised by the Personnel Department for six weeks and drew more than 260 resumes.  Ballard said Rockland County residents were given preference. Sparaco of Valley Cottage has experience as a constituent services assistant having worked with the New York State Assembly Minority Conference for the Mid-Hudson Region for about a year. 

Ballard said the position requires Sparaco to work nights, weekends and holidays if there is inclement weather and emergency situations. If more than 25 hours are worked in a week, then hours will be reduced the following week. He said there would not be any overtime pay.

“If there’s a snowstorm that comes in on the weekend that person has to come in on the weekend,” explained Ballard. “It’s weather sensitive.” 

The job comes with a built-in risk. If Ballard loses re-election when he runs again, Sparaco could be out of a job.

“It’s a political appointment,” said Sparaco. 

Previously, Ballard told the town board about the need for someone to respond to constituent requests, which have increased from about 5,000 in 2010 to approximately 7,000 at the end of 2011.    

Sparaco said his decision about the position was not immediate.

“I thought hard and seriously about it,” he said.

What attracted him was the opportunity to help people who have problems with roads, drainage or other issues.

“I’ll literally now be able to get a lot of good things done for the people of Clarkstown,” said Sparaco. “That was really, really appealing to me.”

Watchdog August 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I guess Wayne Ballard Interpreted all that to mean that Sparaco was more qualified than the other 260 applicants......oh and his experience in a Tanning Salon as well as emptying nickels from gum ball machines in Automobile dealerships on Long Island.
Rob August 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
$75 Grand for doing part time work ? I feel like I live in a Town run by a dictatorship. Honestly, what the heck do we need this guy for ?
Michael N. Hull August 22, 2012 at 08:19 PM
William and Watchdog: One might suspect, that since one can not run for election unless one party gives you its nomination and its party line to go with it, Ballard was between a rock and a hard place.  Vinny Reda controls the Republican line and Sparaco who controls the Independence Party line is alleged to be Reda's protege. http://yonkerstribune.typepad.com/yonkers_tribune/2012/01/consolidation-effort-ties-anthony-mangone-to-joseph-j-savinos-law-firm-by-hezi-aris.html  Lettre controls the conservative party line although he appears to have needed a "House of Horrors" meeting to stay in charge. http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2012/08/09/house-of-horrors/ So if Reda says to Ballard, and Sparaco says to Ballard, and Lettre says to Ballard, fill this job as we tell you or you won't be on any of our lines, then Ballard is out.  He doesn't even get a chance to go before the electorate and have you the people decide to keep him in office or not. In my opinion Ballard is in the classic position of being a "Puppet On A String" http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/puppet-on-a-string and it appears that his puppet masters are those that hold their party's line over his head. Unfortunately, a line over one's head can easily be turned into a noose - a lesson that Ballard may unfortunately realize come the 2013 election. 
JLeo August 22, 2012 at 08:25 PM
They are just laughing at us.....sitting in their ivory towers behind their fancy desks, drinking their expensive liquors that we pay for, with all their cronies stting in the overstuffed leather chairs getting fat....
Kathleen Brennan August 22, 2012 at 08:34 PM
The reason calls from residents have increased is due to the amount of unpicked up yard waste that is all across the town - just about every street is littered with unpicked up yard waste these days. Clarkstown elected officials need to take a tour and clean up the streets - not hire a person to answer phone calls.
Watchdog August 22, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Michael, thank you for that. It is amazing to me as a senior citizen Who has witnessed a lot in my lifetime but never did I think that one day I would be a witness to a political scam right out in the open before my very eyes that Sanctioned the Extortion, through coercion, of taxpayer money into the pockets of political operatives to satisfy the desires of political party bosses. If I were one of the 260 applicants who anxiously submitted an employment application in the hope of getting a job, I would seek an outside attorney and initiate a lawsuit perhaps thru EEOC against Wayne Ballard personally, the Personnel Director, personally and the Town of Carkstown for outright deception and descrimination. I will close this by saying that I have supported Wayne in every one of his elections but will now give my financial and other support to whoever runs against him. He and Sparaco, whom I also supported, are a real disappointment to me and my family. My heart goes out to those 260 people who thought they had a fair chance at getting a job with the Town.
ADK August 22, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Michael, now we know why Gromack et al tried desperately to make Ballard's position appointed vs elected...it would have removed all the pressure from Ballard and they could have used this bargaining chip for a different puppet.
Z August 22, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Is this Lettre the same Lettre that got a nice bundle off to the tune of over $100,000 when he bought into the $500,000 plus tow nhomes for the 55 and over in West Nyack? Does anyone know Sparaco's salary as Rockland County legislator? As a middle class Clarkstown resident, I am really disgusted with all this political crap.
Watchdog August 22, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Honestly, we don't.
Z August 22, 2012 at 11:24 PM
So what happened to my comment? I was only stating the truth - is Lettre the same Lettre who was able to get a lower price of more than $100,000 for the 55 and over townhomes in West Nyack? C'mon, Patch, this was posted by someone in another blog. The people in Clarkstown who pay these taxes SHOULD NOT be duped by those politicians who get favors from others. IT HAS TO STOP! And, I was asking, how much does a Rockland legislator get paid? The last question I asked did those who turned down the job because there wasn't health benifits know that the salary would be $75,000? The truth must come out for the law-abiding Clarkstown residents of this town.
Mary August 23, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Wayne Ballard says that the position was advertised by the Personnel Dept. and Frank Sparaco says it's a political appointment. While I'm sure it was advertised, I think that none of the 260 people that submitted their resumes had a chance of getting the position...it was all done as a cover.
Mike Hirsch August 23, 2012 at 02:39 AM
They weren't laughing at last night's town board meeting when they were taken to task by the clarkstown taxpayer group www.clarkstowntaxpayers.com but they are getting fat.
Michael N. Hull August 23, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Watchdog: I think you should begin to get the word out to seniors like yourself about what is going on in Clarkstown. Seniors vote and if enough of them vote they will change everything. If you would like me to come and talk to a senior group let me know.
commonsense August 23, 2012 at 03:12 AM
This brings to question the integrity of the civil service test/ job application. Should anyone waste their time and money applying if they don't have friends in government pulling strings for them?
JLeo August 23, 2012 at 03:16 AM
So what is the bottom line .....what recourse do we have...the politicians know all the noise will go away after a few days....
Anthony Mele August 23, 2012 at 05:21 AM
"All Rockland County tax payers and business owners should learn from the Clarkstown Board muncipal hiring practices; most especially in their recent pick for Town Cert Attorney J. Savino and Constituent Service Clerk Frank Sparaco. Every municipality should hire more part time employees at full time salaries, and spare no expense at conjuring a facade of legitimacy, where none exist." ~ Anthony Melé
Tony T August 23, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Where is the League of Women Voters and all the good government groups on this they should be livid on the appointment if not the phony process??
Mike Hirsch August 23, 2012 at 01:46 PM
That's what they thought when the Clarkstown Taxpayer group was founded over three years ago. We're getting stronger by the day. www.clarkstowntaxpayers.com It's about time that an opposition group emerged. It's the American way - free discussion of ideas and government by the people - not government by the professional political party bosses.
JLeo August 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mike, I admire the Clarkstown Taxpayers group, but if they don't have the teeth to do anything about it, what good will they do? Sporaco has the job and its seems nobody has the power to undo it.....hopefully he gets voted out next time he's up for election. This is nuts......you can't make this stuff up!...makes a good reality show though, Have to keep a sense of humor otherwise you wil loose your mind...
DK August 23, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Frank Sparaco's salary as legislator in 2010 was $32,462. Here is a link to all Rockland County workers' salaries below for that year. It'll blow your mind to see how much Clarkstown police officers make. Not trying to chang the subject, but check it out. http://data.lohud.com/labor/salary_form.php
Tony T August 23, 2012 at 04:17 PM
It will only go away if we let it....e mail write Gromack, Ballard the Town Board. Mail and call Zebrowski and Carlucci and ask them what goes on here in Clarkstown call the DA for an investigation and if I was one of the candidates (especially if a minority) not chosen I would contact the ACLU and bring a law suite. See how fast that would get things moving....one of the candidates not chosen should step forward!!!! By the way did they hold interviews or simply go by the resumes submitted.
Watchdog August 23, 2012 at 06:57 PM
A Class Action Lawsuit by the CLARKSTOWN 260. Is Dennis Lynch listening?
VinnyfromCongers August 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Nothing to see here folks. Please move along.
Mike Hirsch August 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Our teeth are starting to come in. Join us and help us take our first big bite.
JLeo August 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
So now Sporaco is getting paid a six figure salary for two part time jobs...good country this America, as long as you know the right people.....makes me sick to my stomach. I write letters to all the legislators, go to meetings, lucky if even get a response to an e-mail, bet you if I e-mail Sporaco at his new job, I will not get an answer....don't get one from e-mailing his legislators address, why should he be any different at his new job....guess he will trade in his Escalade for a new one, you know he has to be available during snow storms....only the best for Mr Sporaco.
Tony T August 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Trade in his Escalade for a new one.....will not happen we the taxpapers of Clarkstown will buy him a new one or a least some sort of 4 wheel drive so he can get out in snow storms to meet his constituent 's!! This place is worse then NYC and that is pretty bad......
Tony T August 23, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I agree as good as they are and I support them is thre a major accomplisment they can point too???
Watchdog August 24, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Public records with the County Clerk will enable you to check out your theory since this is a serious charge.
Mike Hirsch August 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I think you have to give us credit for the 10 man reduction in the CPD (which saves the town $2,000,000/yr) and the 0% tax increases for past three years. I am also personally responsible for Mary Loeffler's retirement, as I was the one who broke the story of her living in Florida, saving the town her ridiculous $125,000/year salary. Last year the Clarkstown Taxpayer group got 3,500 signatures for a term limit referendum in 6 weeks time, and for the first time in over 10 years, there was actually someone on the ballot to vote for other than Alex Gromack. Not too shabby for a group that is just getting started. Join us and let's see what we can accomplish in the next three years. Without new blood to help us in our battles, it will continue to be a difficult fight. We will only be as strong as the citizens who join us..
Watchdog August 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Right on the mark, Mr Mele.

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