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.