Monday, December 03, 2007

Letter to Newsday on Town of Hempstead Raises

" Hempstead pay hikes 'ridiculous'

Twenty-five thousand dollars in raises from 2006 to 2008 ["Supervisor backs pay raise for self, others," News, Nov. 27]?
Where do you find such a job? Oh yeah - Town of Hempstead supervisor!
I don't disagree that raises are important, even for our elected officials, but this is ridiculous. It borders on bribery when the people who are going to approve such a raise are themselves receiving a raise. If the board members don't approve Supervisor Kate Murray's raise, they don't receive their own $5,000 raises.
Our government is supposed to be a system of checks and balances, but this really tips the scale toward the side of corruption.
Someone outside the realm of the Hempstead Town Board should be responsible for approving or denying these raises.
I wish I could approve my own raise!
Christine Gietschier

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

here we go again- 2013 and more politicians giving themselves raises. They all should be laid off and hired back as temps for min wage.