Report: Part-time Nassau County workers paid more than some full-time employees last year

Part-time workers with community or political ties were paid more than some full-time Nassau County employees last year, according to Newsday. Newsday says many seasonal

Newsday says many seasonal workers hired by the

Newsday says many seasonal workers hired by the county last year have political ties and, in some cases, other full-time public jobs. (Credit: News 12)

HEMPSTEAD - Part-time workers with community or political ties were paid more than some full-time Nassau County employees last year, according to Newsday.

Newsday says many seasonal workers hired by the county last year have political ties and, in some cases, other full-time public jobs.

For example, the paper cites Zahid Syed, a full-time employee of the Town of Hempstead, earns about $125,000 a year. The report says Syed also worked as a part-time golf attendant for the county at a rate of $50 an hour. That job earned him an extra $66,000 last year.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano’s office says the use of part-time workers is aimed at saving taxpayer money. They say unlike full-time workers, part-timers receive no benefits and are therefore cheaper.

Democratic County Legislator Dave Denenberg, a frequent Mangano critic, doesn't buy it. He says while full-time county workers have been hit with a wage freeze, it's unfair to give part-timers what he calls “inflated salaries.”

There were more than 2,000 part-time employees working for Nassau County last year, costing more than $26.5 million.

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