Manhattan budget includes bonuses, raises
By Erin Gallagher Correspondent February 7, 2013 1:24PM
Updated: February 11, 2013 8:11PM
The Manhattan Village Board narrowly approved the 2014 budget. The board had a 3-3 vote, with Mayor Bill Borgo casting the tiebreaking vote.
The budget includes a $2,000 bonus, but no raise, for Village Administrator Marian Gibson who will stand to make $144,000. This is Gibson’s first increase since 2009. Then, she received a 1 percent raise, Finance Director Kevin Sing said.
The next highest paid employee is Police Chief Harold Martin, who earned a 3 percent raise making $94,245.
The next top earners, not including police officers, earned 3 percent increases, according to a document provided by Sing. They include Sing, (who also gets a $500 bonus) at $91,266, and Public Works Director James Bessler at $84,868.
Also, part-time Building Commissioner Tom Pahnke got a 3 percent raise to make $66,985 for working 30 hours a week.
Police officers earned the highest percentage raises. Their contract mandates a 5.82 percent increase, Sing said. The administrative staff, finance clerk and part-time accountant received 3.5 percent raises, according to their contracts.
Trustees David Beemsterboer, Jamie Doyle and John Tyk voted against the budget, largely due to the raises. Trustees Mike Naughton, Patricia Lucas and Vincent DeBono approved.