Money for nothing – Pay Hikes For Free
By Harry Freedman
It may not seem like much when you’re $745 million in debt, but the Oyster Bay Town Board just passed out another 22 raises totaling $113,000, on top of the $735,000 they gave out in January.
The administration is apparently celebrating the fact that they managed to crawl back up one step above junk bond status, by handing out money that we really can’t afford. We have now had 10 years of economic expansion, yet they have done nothing to prepare for the next recession. Does anybody doubt that one is coming?
Instead, Oyster Bay continues to hire and give raises based more on loyalty and party affiliation then on skill set. In addition, it seems like everybody is related to everybody else in the town government. If you have an old friend, unemployed spouse, nephew, son, daughter, or distant cousin, and they need work, they can almost always count on a nice cushy position and the hell with the budget. We’ll worry about that later. No skills? Who cares? If you give your time and money to the next election, there will always be a place for you.
This is how it works in Oyster Bay and how it will always work until the electorate wakes up.
By the way, Town Supervisor Saladino did not respond to requests for comment about the raises. He never does when there’s something embarrassing to answer for. But you and I still pay for the mailers we get from him, or more accurately, the self-promotion kits.
Oyster Bay – Government For The Government and Not the People.