posted on July 15, 2010 07:40
Big payouts for public authority managers across the state in recent years. A $60,000 dollar boost alone was handed out to the President of Genesee County’s Economic Development Center in 2008.
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer has sponsored legislation against the practice of handing out bonuses to public employees in the past. He says it’s got to stop now.
"I don't believe that bonuses are appropriate," says Ranzenhofer, "whether it be the Power Authority or the Transportation Authority or an Industrial Development Agency. You agree to work for a certain amount of money and that's the way they ought to be compensated. This is not the private sector."
County Legislator Jay Grasso says that bonus was justified.
"I think Steve Hyde and the GCEDC have show that they have a good record," Grasso said. "I think always, close scrutiny is necessary to make sure that the bonuses are not excessive. In this case, we're probably OK there."
The bonus was reportedly incentive-based.
The Vans Warped Tour descending on Darien Lake last night.
Some teens trying to sit and drink all night were busted by Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies. 7 suspects in all were arrested for possession of alcohol, underage - none from Genesee County.
A 25-year-old Amherst man was cuffed at the concert after punching a security officer in the face. Cole Pilkey is charged with 2nd-degree harassment.
On this morning’s Bad Boys and Girls report:
23-year-old Kelsey Sanders of East Main Street, and 22-year-old Alfredo Mercado of Bank Street, were both arrested for lifting merchandise from Batavia’s K-Mart store. They were nabbed within a ten-minute span yesterday afternoon. Both charged with petit larceny.
A rear-ender of East Main Street nets a DWI charge for one man. 55-year-old Daniel Reese of Rochester struck another vehicle from behind, and was found to be intoxicated. Reese is charged with Aggravated DWI with blood-alcohol content over .18-percent.
26-year-old Joshua Martaus of Overlook Drive in the city was stopped on Ellicott Street that he was either ill or drunk.
Drunk was the answer. Martaus was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument, and Disobeying the Pavement Markings.
Former state Senator Hiram Monserrate, booted out of Albany by his fellow lawmakers, is trying to make his way back to the Capitol. The Queens Democrat has filed petitions to run for Jose Peralta's state Assembly seat and will be on the ballot in the September primary. Peralta handily defeated Monserrate earlier this year when Monserrate tried to run in a special election and get his seat back.
The Senate expelled Monserrate earlier this year following a domestic assault conviction.
The Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association says it has been unfairly excluded from a bill that offers special early retirement for other school employees.
Earlier this year Governor David Paterson signed the early retirement bill for teachers and other school employees. Officials with the association feel higher-ranking school officials have been left out of the process and won't benefit from the bill unless they sue the state.
If the lawsuit by the group is successful, the state would have to expand its pension plan or drop it entirely.