Protesters demand Hempstead rolls back raises

Groups protested the raises given to Hempstead town lawmakers Tuesday, demanding the town board roll back the pay increases.

The council voted in December to give Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Clerk Mark Bonilla each $10,000 raises, while awarding each councilmember a $4,500 raise. In total, the raises will cost the town $94,000 over the next two years.

Murray says the pay increases won't affect residents because taxes have been frozen for 2010 and spending was reduced by 3 percent.

Protesters think the timing is off amid the recession and high unemployment. They have planned more rallies for the upcoming weeks.

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