Erie County Council: salary hikes, new county job

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Lou Diamond Phillips

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Erie County Executive Barry Grossman is pushing forward with plans to seek higher pay for some of his top staffers.
Grossman also wants Erie County Council to agree to hire former Councilman David Mitchell to assist Grossman's administration in getting up to speed.
County Council has a number of proposed salary ordinances from Grossman on its Thursday Personnel Committee agenda, as well as an ordinance involving Mitchell's proposed job.
Council will decide at that meeting whether to add the ordinances to the agenda of the panel's next regular meeting, scheduled Tuesday evening at the Erie County Courthouse.
Grossman wants council to increase yearly salaries included in the county's 2010 budget for Director of Administration Gerry Mifsud and county Personnel Director Peter Callan (both currently set at $60,000), county solicitor Gary Shapira ($40,000) and four part-time assistant county solicitors ($20,000 each).
The appointees who held those offices under Grossman's predecessor, former County Executive Mark DiVecchio, earned higher annual salaries.
The yearly pay Grossman is requesting for his staffers matches what the positions paid in 2009.
Grossman is asking for annual salaries of $69,874 for both Mifsud and Callan,$46,200 for Shapira and $26,253 for assistant solicitors Wally Knox, Richard Perhacs, Ronald DiNicola and George Joseph.
Grossman said his staff has researched the salary issue, and he will argue before County Council on Thursday that "there is precedent that when people have left these jobs and new people come into the jobs, the salaries haven't traditionally been taken down to some lower starting salary.
"I don't want to tip my hand too much on what I want to say to council. I'd rather wait until Thursday. I'll make the case," Grossman said.
The difference between the salaries Grossman wants and the salaries budgeted for those positions in 2010 is $50,960.
DiVecchio's administration included higher salaries for those positions in its proposed 2010 budget. But County Council reduced the salaries during budget deliberations in October and November, with the rationale that Grossman's appointees must work their way up to more pay.
Sue Ellen Pasquale, the county's manager of general accounting, said the county recently discovered that its $18 million tax revenue anticipation note for 2010 will cost $240,675 less in interest than budgeted because of lower-than-anticipated interest rates.
Grossman wants to use a portion of that interest savings to restore his staffers' salaries to 2009 levels, Pasquale said.
The bridge loan is used each year for county expenses until property tax revenues arrive later in the year. That money is then repaid later in the year from tax revenues.
The new post for Mitchell -- "intergovernmental relations professional" -- is proposed for at least six months, and would pay him $21,000.
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Lou Diamond Phillips

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Mitchell has agreed to take the job if County Council approves it, Grossman said.
Mitchell would serve as liaison between Grossman's administration and County Council. He would also work with economic development and various county departments, including the Department of Human Services and the county's library system.
"I want council to be part of determining what the position should be," Grossman said.
"Dave Mitchell is a stellar public servant," he added. "With his connections at the state and federal level and his knowledge of county government, he would end up saving the county more money than he would ever cost it."
Council Chairman Kyle Foust said he will hear Grossman out on Thursday before deciding whether to support the requests.
But Councilwoman Carol Loll, who chairs council's Personnel Committee, said she's opposed to the increases and creating a new job, primarily because of the county's tight finances.
"Don't spend the money just because you think we have it," Loll said. "We've got $600,000 to put into plumbing in that building on Ninth Street."
Loll was referring to what the county will have to pay for repairs and other work -- not covered by insurance -- regarding flood-related damage at the Erie County Office of Children and Youth building, 154 W. Ninth St.
The building was heavily damaged when a pipe broke there in late November.
"When we went through the (2010) budget and decreased positions, I voted for that," Loll said. "I'm going to stay with my vote."

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duh

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Jan 13, 2010
 
So lets raise the pay for these positions and cut the insurance for the people who volunteer for the Haz-Mat team. SMART!!!
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Jan 13, 2010
 
duh wrote:
So lets raise the pay for these positions and cut the insurance for the people who volunteer for the Haz-Mat team. SMART!!!
...Welcome to your new Erie County Executive and his administration! FOUR MORE YEARS!!:)
Jewy

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Wow, that is rather Jewy of them. Money money money money. Get lost.
Penny from Tenney

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Jan 13, 2010
 

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New faces but the same old political crap. It will never change. Grossman is an idiot and I would never, ever vote for that creepy, fat loser. As you can tell, I am so pissed at the same old same, old crap that we get in Erie county.
Quit yer bitchin

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Penny from Tenney wrote:
New faces but the same old political crap. It will never change. Grossman is an idiot and I would never, ever vote for that creepy, fat loser. As you can tell, I am so pissed at the same old same, old crap that we get in Erie county.
Then what are you doing to change things?

Gonna be like that clown Gfarce and just talk or are you going to do something about and change things? If you're not, then shut the hell up.
snag

Erie, PA

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Jan 13, 2010
 
these people need to say "NO"......no spending increase!
harley

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Maybe he can find a high paying job for pizza-man also!
Penny from Tenney

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Quit yer bitchin wrote:
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Then what are you doing to change things?
Gonna be like that clown Gfarce and just talk or are you going to do something about and change things? If you're not, then shut the hell up.
Hey creep, you shut the frig up!!! I vote and I don't vote for the likes of Gross man. It is impossible to get anything changed in politics, you should know that by now. NOTHING EVER CHANGES!!!!!
anon

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Grossman will also be adding a 20% gratutity to your tax bill since you don't want to leave him a tip.
dennis

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anon wrote:
Grossman will also be adding a 20% gratutity to your tax bill since you don't want to leave him a tip.
you seem to be a smart guy...can you read this???

http://www.cato.org/pubs/tbb/tbb-59.pdf
Charlie Brown

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Heres a novel approach, get out your phone book and caal the members of county council or better yet go to the meeting and tell your "leaders" no, you dont think this is wise way to spend your tax dollars. If these people dont have the guts to say they will "serve" in these positions for the amount that is written, then the new administration needs to find other capable people willing to serve for that amount. What better time than now for Mr. Grossman and his "team" to lead by example.
jhonny

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Jan 13, 2010
 
Penny from Tenney wrote:
<quoted text> Hey creep, you shut the frig up!!! I vote and I don't vote for the likes of Gross man. It is impossible to get anything changed in politics, you should know that by now. NOTHING EVER CHANGES!!!!!
You and your ilk were outvoted. Try again in 4 years.
Penny from Tenney

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Jan 14, 2010
 
jhonny wrote:
<quoted text>You and your ilk were outvoted. Try again in 4 years.
You don't even know what you are talking about. I don't think anyone that was running is up to the job. I don't think ANY politician is honest and qualified for any political position. All are self serving.
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Jan 14, 2010
 
Penny from Tenney wrote:
<quoted text> Hey creep, you shut the frig up!!! I vote and I don't vote for the likes of Gross man. It is impossible to get anything changed in politics, you should know that by now. NOTHING EVER CHANGES!!!!!
If nothing ever changes, then why do you bother to complain about it?

I could care less who you voted for; but if the system's messed up and you just sit back and complain without doing anything besides voting, then your complaint still has no merit. It's like those idiots that say they'll pray for a grieving family. Get up and do something or sit down and shut up.
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Grossman - What a big fat greedy loser!!

Since: Jul 09

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harley wrote:
Maybe he can find a high paying job for pizza-man also!
Just curious who are you referring to when you say "pizza-man"? Because in past posts it has been evident that something similar to that was used to refer to Mark DiVecchio... he has a job. One that he was not appointed to by any administration.
Toots

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Not that it will do any good but, I emailed every council member to NOT vote for this.

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They shouldn't vote for it...there was raises just given not too long ago. If it is a deal breaker that you cannot get a raise when you start a brand new job, then get out!!! Myself and others that are normal working stiffs cannot go to a company with that kind of thinking. Okay we could, but our raise would be in form of Unemployment checks. LOL

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