Council votes to give Hempstead leaders raises

The Hempstead Town Council voted Tuesday to boost the salaries of local officials in January 2010.

The council voted 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.

Claudia Borecky, the president of the North Merrick Civic Association, says Murray has voted to give herself a pay raise three times in the last six years.

A town spokesperson says the raises won't impact taxpayers because the money is already in the budget and the town has frozen taxes.

Merrick Park Association President Barry Fox says he supports the raises because the local leaders are underpaid for their jobs.

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