Hempstead Town Supervisor Says Raises Were Authorized Behind Her Back

August 02, 2018 - 2:51 pm

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- The Hempstead town supervisor is upset over raises that have been given out.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Supervisor Laura Gillen said her name may be on the document, but she had no idea about it.

She said the resolution that would be up for a vote by the town board on Tuesday would allow employees to receive $800,000 in pay raises, including to the town board members’ own appointed employees.

Gillen said she is removing the resolution from next Tuesday’s meeting.

“This agreement was negotiated without legal authority, without my knowledge, and without any interest of the taxpayer put into it,” she said.

The resolution was sponsored by Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. Sweeney did not respond to Hall’s request for comment.

Hall is told that even though the supervisor removed the resolution, the councilmembers can still put it back on the agenda for a vote.

“Perhaps the Town Council thought I would go along with it because some of my own staff would benefit from this measure,” Gillen said. “My staff has agreed that they will not accept a dime more than what has already been budgeted.”