Supervisor Gromack, acting as Santa Claus at Christmas, gave raises to all union and non-union town employees for 2012. While most raises were a modest 2%, certain privileged town employees received much larger raises, including: Supt. of Parks (6% raise) to $155,000/yr.; Clerk of the Works (Lettre-co-chair of the local Conservative Party-5.7% raise) to $169,000/yr.; and the Director of Environmental Control (5.3% raise) to $188,000/yr. Overall, the Clarkstown salaries for full time employees, excluding hourly paid employees, is up $2.8 million in 2012, which amounts to a 7% increase over 2011. Of this total increase, the police department's salaries are up $2.2 million, mainly because of all the back pay owed them from the recent arbitration award. This $2.8 million increase in salaries represents a 2% increase in Clarkstown's total 2012 budget.
The problem in Clarkstown with even 2% raises is that these raises are now added to town employee salaries that are already extremely high when compared to similar jobs in private industry or in other towns. Examples of these already bloated town salaries, excluding benefits and over time, where applicable, are shown below and you can see all the salaries of the Clarkstown employees by name and position by clicking the READ MORE icon below.
Justice Clerk: $114,000/yr
Chief of Staff to Gromack: $112,000/yr
Ass't Comptroller: $105,000/yr
Town Attorney: $156,000/yr
Recreation Supv.: almost $100,000/yr
Auto Mechanics: almost $90,000/yr
Groundskeepers: over $70,000/yr
Hwy. Equipment Operators: $80,000/yr
Hwy. Main. Supv.: $100,000/yr
Hwy. Dept. Confidential Secretary: $100,000/yr
Police Chief: $258,000/yr