The new leadership of the Westchester Board of Legislators is planning to give raises to the board’s staff for the first time since 2010.
Most employees will see increases of about 2 to 3 percent, while others, already near the top of the pay scale, will get less. Legislators’ salaries will stay at $49,200, though this year every legislator will get a stipend of at least $3,000 for heading a committee or serving in leadership.
Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, D-Somers, the new chairman of the board, said even with the increases the board will stay within its approved budget through savings elsewhere, including not having a lawyer for the board. In the 2014 budget, 57 positions were authorized for the board, including the 17 legislators, at at cost of $7.3 million including benefits. Of that $3.9 is for salaries.
“We have to bring it in within budget and we will do that,” Kaplowitz said.
The board is also considering raising the maximum salaries for most of the staff positions by $5,000. That would put the maximum salaries for the chief of staff and clerk of the board at $140,000, the director of fiscal affairs at $155,000, the deputy director of fiscal affairs at $140,000 and the director of communications at $130,000. Personal legislative aides will make up to $55,000.
Maximums for central staff legislative aides and committee coordinators will go up $7,000 to $87,000.
The board sets a salary schedule with minimums and maximums but not every employee makes the maximum.
Kaplowitz said he is aiming for continuity in the staff so the board can hit the ground running in the new term.
“The people that are here are very, very good and talented,” he said.