Ramapo, one of the most fiscally stressed municipalities in the state, gave some employees double-digit raises this year while others received at least 4 percent pay hikes, The Journal News/lohud.com reports today. The newspaper obtained the town’s 2013 and 2014 salary schedules through a state Freedom of Information Law request.
Salaries for Ramapo’s elected officials were not increased in 2014. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli last year listed Ramapo as one of the most fiscally challenged communities in New York.
Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence said salary hikes went to department heads whose work is expected to increase this year. The town has been attempting to save money by not filling positions when someone leaves or retires, and department heads are the ones who pick up the slack, he said.
“I’m asking the department heads to do more this year, to work harder, to work longer,” he said.
The highest pay increase went to Mona Montal, director of purchasing, whose salary jumped 39 percent, from $105,000 to $145,866. The department originally had three employees, but the number has been reduced to two and Montal’s workload has increased as a result, St. Lawrence said.
Other pay hikes for 2014:
— Director of Parks and Recreation Michelle Antosca, who got a 10 percent raise, will earn $156,271 this year.
— Director of Building Planning and Zoning Anthony Mallia will earn $163,721 as a result of a 8 percent raise.
— Director of Public Works Edward Dzurinko and Town Attorney Michael Klein each got 4 percent pay hikes. Dzurinko’s 2014 salary is $135,998 and Klein’s is $152,104.
— Town Clerk Christian Sampson received the second-biggest pay increase at 19 percent. His salary went from $122,614 to $145,866 this year.
— Justice Court Clerk Helen Travers got a 14 percent raise and will be making $135,707 this year, up from $118,949.
Members of the Civil Service Employees Association got 4 percent pay hikes though a third of them, about 67 workers, received an additional 5 percent based on their length of service. Highway Maintenance Supervisor Edward O’Carroll got the combined 9.2 percent raise, increasing his salary to $141,207 from $129,311.
(Journal News file photo of Christopher St. Lawrence.)