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Council OKs $148k in Raises for Mayor and Department Heads, Votes Down Raises for Themselves

The mayor and 38 other department heads will receive raises for the first time since 2009.

A total of 39 city department heads, including Mayor Michael McGlynn, will receive raises this year for the first time since 2009.

Councilors approved a total of $148,000 in raises for non-union department heads Tuesday night that were requested by McGlynn.

The council voted 5-2 to remove raises for themselves, which totalled about $7,000.

“I think it sends a message to the general public, I think it sends a message to the unions in this community,” said Councilor Michael Marks.

Councilors Paul Camuso and Robert Maiocco both voted to approve raises for themselves. Camuso said he would have donated his raise to his church parish.

Another motion brought by Marks to remove a raise for the Mayor, also worth about $7,000, failed by a 4-3 vote, with Camuso, Maiocco, Fred Dello Russo and Rick Caraviello all voting against it and Marks, Robert Penta and Breanna Lungo-Koehn voting for it.

Penta was critical of the council's decision to not give themselves raises, but give one to McGlynn.

"I think it’s a vote of hypocrisy," he said.

Joe Viglione February 15, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Jarret, after Rick Caraviello voted to make Bob Maiocco the Council President I went up to the podium and said "If your name ends in "o", you are owned by the Mayor." Caraviello was furious with me saying he hadn't cast a vote yet. I noted the vote he had just cast. Every vote Caraviello has cast that I've witnessed is with Camuso, Dello Russo and Maiocco, the GANG OF FOUR. They work in concert with the Mayor. These individuals - all who have an "o" at the end of their name, just tacked on more zeroes to McGlynn's paycheck. They are OWNED by the Mayor. Johnny Byers challenged the Mayor to take $30,000.00 in pay, a reduction. So much for logic in this city. A reduction would have made sense. This pay raise for the very wealthy McGlynn is illogical, is nonsense and, along with the Mayor's perks, it is a damn disgrace.
bornandraised02155 February 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
....and I'm not buying Camuso's plan for his raise. He would have donated the 7 Grand to his church. I seriously doubt that.
Jarret Bencks (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Just to clarify the voted down $7,000 raise for the city council was in total. It would have amounted to about $1,000 per councilor.
Richie M February 15, 2012 at 09:37 PM
"I'm going to donate my raise to my church." Another shameless performance from the self proclaimed "blue collar guy" Paul Camuso. The only thing that would have topped that ridiculous statement would have been if he had said "I was going to donate my raise to the mayors re-election fund". Wait a minute... no one would have doubted him then.
MB February 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
I think it was a nice gesture that the council voted not to take their pay raise. I would be surprised, and at the same time impressed (would be the first time he impressed me), if the Mayor announced he was turning down his pay raise. I do think it was a vote of hypocrisy on the part of the Council to give the Mayor his raise and not take their own. The taxpayers are living in a world of no pay raises if you are so lucky as to have a job. Then there are those who earn raises on a pay for performance basis. If I was to analyze these two options I would say the Mayor definitely doesn’t deserve a raise on a pay for performance basis, heck he may as well be sleeping all day in his office the way the City looks these days. Maybe my performance standard is unreasonable, take charge of your City, keep it clean, safe, consistent parking enforcement, care about the taxpayers show concern and encouragement for the business that do more for this City on a shoe string budget than the Mayor does with 10% of his budget and try at least sometimes to lower the tax burden on taxpayers. Instead the Mayor has his spokespersons talk their crap, sounding so condescending and authoritative, that doesn’t impress me! Oh and he should consider himself lucky, very lucky, to have a job that somehow still falls right into his lap thanks to the culture of a city rooted in not embracing any kind of change.
Richie M February 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Great point MB on the performance based pay raise. What does McGlynn care anyway? He knows that his four rump swabs on the city council will unfailingly give him what he wants everytime. Meanwhile the rest of us take it on the chin.

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