Nassau pay raises shock comptroller
For the first time in seven years, Nassau County's legislators voted unanimously Monday to give the Republican and Democratic Board of Elections commissioners raises of $40,000 each.
According to the ordinance passed by the legislature, the raises are retroactive to July 1, 2014. However, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority lifted its wage freeze on county employees on Sept. 10.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said he was shocked to learn about the raises.
"The fundamental issue is that since the retroactive portion goes back prior to Sept. 10...that makes the whole ordinance, in our estimation, illegal," said Maragos.
Maragos sent a letter to NIFA chairman Jon Kaiman asking for clarification from Nassau's fiscal control board. The comptroller says he won't sign off on the raises until he hears from NIFA.