Clarkstown Employee Salaries Challenged

Resident questions rate of pay for Bingo inspector, director of finance and others


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. 

Sheila Stoller February 16, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Good idea! How can we do this as a grass roots movement. I'd be happy to go door to door to get people to sign a petition. Sheila Stoller
Helene Feigelman February 16, 2013 at 01:43 PM
Arthur, I agree with you!!!! I have said this for many years. I'm tired of paying so much in taxes. Let's get our town government changed so that maybe we can get our taxes down. Four year term limit is more then enough.
Smitty Chesterfield February 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Sheila - do you know what happened with the last petition? The clarkstown taxpayers group got 3,400 signatures (90% of those asked) to sign a petition for term limits. supervisor gromack insulted everyone who signed it by saying "its like the when you stand in front of a supermarket...people will sign anything to get on with their day". the proof is here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrgbnJIt9gs they are arrogant and think you're all fools
elizabeth March 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM
While you're at it, take a look at your local school budgets: similar scenerios! They cry poverty, and complain about tax caps, while paying superintendents more than the governor of our state; plus high 6 figured "assistant superintendents," and their full staffs of secretaries, clerks, "supervisors," and on, and on, and on........... By far, the biggest portion of your property tax bills, I believe, about 75%, is going here.
Warren G Harding October 28, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Re Elect NO ONE............


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