Here’s a little lesson in Politics 101: You cannot and should not hand out pay raises to municipal supervisors after you’ve just laid off cops and firefighters.
There’s no justification for it.
But in case you missed it, this is exactly what happened in White Plains where 21 top city supervisors recently got raises, ranging from 2 to 11 percent. Fire union President Joseph Carrier said the raises were “obscene,” and he’s right.
The $113,5000 in pay hikes would more than pay for two rookies cops. For the first five year, White Plains cops make $51,000.
But get this: For those five years, they must also pay 25 percent of their health care premiums. The supervisors are “sacrificing” because they must now pay 15 percent of their premiums, but in some cases their pay hikes easily make up the difference.
There’s all kinds of reasons given to justify the pay raises for the supervisors. Some of them are wearing two hats. One guy, the corporation counsel, is supposedly working 80 hours a week.
The hard fact is that the average citizen doesn’t care how hard they’re working in some office. They’d rather see the cop on the beat, or the firefighter on the job.
Dumb mistake on the part of the administration. You can’t ask for higher taxes and less public safety and then give raises to the bosses.