Albany, NY - Governor Paterson Rescinds Raises For Staff
Last updated on: May 12, 2010 11:05 AM
Albany, NY - Five members of the staff of Gov. David Paterson’s press office have been given raises even while thousands of other state workers are being asked not to take their raises or to take furloughs.
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office says it has been given paperwork from the governor’s office to OK raises to four staffers whose titles are changing, and one staffer who is not getting a new title but is getting a raise.
The people getting raises are:
* Elizabeth Banner - no title change - $5000 raise - from $55,000 to $60,000
* Anna Adams-Sarthou - $10,000 raise from $35,000 to $45,000
* Jessica Bassett - $10,000 raise from $65,000 to $75,000
* Melanie Hartgraves - $7,000 raise from $38,000 to $45,000
* Margaret-Kelly McKeon - $10,000 raise from $65,000 to $75,000
All raises submitted within last 10 days - due to take effect in next paycheck (May 26 payroll)
**UPDATE** May 12 2010 12:00 PM from the AP
- Gov. David Paterson is rescinding raises to some staff, saying unions were using the promotions to distract the public in a fight over furloughs of unionized state workers.
Public employee unions had accused the Democrat of hypocrisy for promoting some of his staff even as he tries to furlough state workers to save money.
Paterson spokesman Morgan Hook says Wednesday the governor will reverse the raises of between $5,000 and $10,000 to four press aides. They’re filling positions vacated when his communications director and press secretary resigned amid scandals over a Paterson aide accused in a domestic violence case and free World Series tickets provided to the governor by the New York Yankees.
Hook says that even with the promotions, executive chamber salaries were down more than $300,000.
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