What seems to be good for the goose, the gander now tries. W. Ballard, our Superintendent of Highways, has been watching all the patronage appointments and political cronyism being made by the Clarkstown Town Board to secure their re-election that he has now jumped on the bandwagon to secure his own future re-election.
Mr. Ballard just hired a new “Constituent Service Ass’t”, aka customer service agent, to answer phones and field residents’ complaints and needs. While the position is laudable, Mr. Ballard’s choice to fill this position and to pay an outrageous salary is despicable. Ballard’s choice for this job out of the 260 resumes that he received is our own Rockland County legislator, F. Sparaco. Mr. Sparaco was hired for this 25 hour/week job at an annual salary of $75,000, which is equivalent to an outrageous hourly rate of $60/hr. Don’t you think that out of 260 resumes in these hard economic times that Ballard could find a non-political person to fill this job for less than $20/hr? I guess not when your main criteria for hiring a person is to secure the ballots lines of the Republican and Independence Parties with the political appeasement of V. Reda, the head of the Republican Party and his associate, F. Sparaco, who secretly controls the Independence Party.
Supervisor Gromack continually says government service is a NOBLE profession, but it is too bad that the people that practice this profession, politicians, are far from NOBLE with politicians having one of the lowest approval ratings of any profession.