Friday, May 20, 2016

Former Barista..Off the Reservation or Spot On ?

       City Council Member Macaluso has fallen out of favor with 260 for her criticism of the creation of a personnel manager position that results in one employee getting a substantial raise. It was a flash point in the budget debate as I believe the Councilwoman was sparring with the CM and expressing her dismay with the budget and the administration.  This is not a Kumbaya Council and there are apparently undercurrents not being seen from across the street.
      The budget debate is a non-debate and despite having the means to stay within the tax cap, that is not happening.
       http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/its-not-a-raise-macaluso-distracts-council-with-argument-over-job-promotion-20160520

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most jobs like this one are advertised as Salary range _______ to ________ depending on experience. Job applicants are given the job with a chance to advance to the high point.
Seems like setting a particular salary is a bit of a stretch and her pick was not a good one. Seeing she made that pick he should be given a raise then over time be worked to the top salary.
Theresa is spot on.....
The firemen are another issue.. Layoffs and cutbacks are in order and abolishment of the mandate a must.. And its time Mr W of Ritchies office got with it instead of trying to ride the fence on issues..

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of parallels go draw from the coffee shack world. the city have employees so does the shop. so she is imminently qualified to weigh in on this. also, since Addison was hired for her classified undisclosed but now very apparent "QUALIFICATIONS" she clearly needs help and lots of it.
I say... hire a downstate or out of state firm to study it. Spend 100k and 6 months. Its worth it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Here is a quesiton for you science minded people. Which happens more often: Perry is right, Danny is right or hell freezes over? If you pick C you are wrong. The correct answer is none of the above.

A quick Google shows the national salary for such a position is $41k-$87k
It is true that when people get a completely new job within a company, they can get large pay raises (if its the same employer then its still a raise). However, in practice they usually go from the top pay in their current position to the lowest pay in their new position. Yet he is being offered this position as if he is a seasoned professional.

And the fact that he already served as "administrative specialist for fringe benefits", means that he already did 95% of the human resources duties at a much lower salary.

Frankly, I am shocked that the city has not had such a position since the beginning of time with part of the duties being administering benefits.

And this has to be the dumbest words Perry has ever strung together (and that is saying something): "He appears to be as qualified as anyone else on the city’s staff to fill this position." Gee Perry, you appeared to be the most qualified to be promoted to editor. Proof that for high level professional positions its best not to rule out recruiting outside of the Joe six-pack workforce.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe any of the local govts. stayed within the tax cap..

Anonymous said...

Way off...but when the puppet loses it's strings...

Anonymous said...

Little Mr smith continues his love for the NYDN misrepresentations regarding the NRA. The news, owned by a mouth breeder named Mort Zuckerman, is a Hillary puke. No matter the lies of the NYDN, our little smith boy feels the tingle when he reprints it. Fact, not a faux fact as in a golfer puke, but a real American fact. The NRA ranks 76th in political contributions. That is far behind such such self serving groups as our lawyers, teachers, muslim peace lovers, illegal aliens, and SEIU and such. Mr Smith, even though you run a half assed, local website that lives by stealing the work of others, you do have an obligation to present balanced and truthful information. Ah hell, who are we kidding? You seem to be as much a faux American as the golf pro.

Anonymous said...

She is comparing apples to oranges. If she thinks they don't need the position she can argue that, if she thinks position is overpaid can argue that, if she thinks he is the wrong guy for the job argue that.

It is a new job, new responsibilities the pay should match the job.

Cutting firemen is different because they are arguing we don't need the position. They are arguing the first prong of my stated reasons for a valid argument. Then you can compare the two by saying both jobs are not needed or both are.

Anonymous said...

I see nothing wrong with Councilwoman Macaluso questioning the cost of the HR position. Isn't that her job as a representative of the taxpaying citizens? The daily newspaper should understand that is her elected role in the budget review process. I give her credit for asking about it. Also, I wonder if the position of Confidential Assistant to City Manager was even needed if it is being abolished so soon. Doesn't the CM have a City Clerk and Assistant Clerk to help? I think Mr. Roy probably does a good job, but the new salary seems high.

Anonymous said...

1142 if she was questioning the cost that would be one thing. She is questioning the raise. If i am a city firefighter making $63K and apply and become the city manager at $120,000 you can not say that is a raise. I may be making more but in a new job.

Anonymous said...

For her to characterize this issue as a pay raise is ill conceived on her part and she deserves the editiorial. She looks foolish in this debate. Now, if she wants to question the creation of the position that is a legitimate debate worth having publicly.

Jeff you also raised taxes when it wasn't necessary look back no further than 2 years ago.
You supported the massive arena renovation with unnecessary components like plush offices and now it is costing us. If this was sold as a project that would raise taxes it would not have been built out like it is now.

Anonymous said...

The City Manager continues her crusade to expand government and add layers of bureaucracy while slashing services that us tax payers ACTUALLY pay for.

If the council had any sense about it, they would fire her ASAP and save us all hundreds of thousands of dollars. The previous CM didn't need a bus load of assistants to do her job.

Addison wants to point the finger at the fire department for being over-staffed. She should look in the mirror.

Anonymous said...

The Confidential Assistant job has been around for decades. (I think that's where John McHugh started out). Jeff, just sampling the responses on this thread and other ones on here, you must have the most ignorant readers of any blog in the nation.

Anonymous said...

Addison is to be commended for taking the city to a new higher level. How can such a large employer NOT have a human resource expert? Can you image what Obama would do to the city if he found out there or no female fire fighters and minority employees in the city are so under represented compared to the city demographics?

Anonymous said...

Hey 952 we did have a Black Fire Fighter but he was pushed out the door, for talking to DPW workers and he supposedly lied on his application..And the HR position was always put into the budget but council threw it out...