“Aside from increasing their own pay up to $20,000 a year, Town Board members have taken care of five top department heads, approving employee agreements for them with hefty time off and buybacks beyond their base salaries topping $157,000.
The multiple-year agreements include the potential for more than 70 paid days off a year, including 33 vacation days, 10 personal days, 18 sick days and 12 holidays, as well as 168 hours of paid compensatory time.
Supervisor Michael Specht said Friday that the perks for the town’s top administrators are not that different from what contracted union employees get after working many years for the town.
He didn’t know the total value of the agreements, since they would depend on how employees uses their allotted time and perks.
“The senior management employee benefits are in line with some of the longtime CSEA employees and police agreements, for say, the captains,” Specht said. “These are senior people most of whom have been with the town for a long time. I thought the agreements were fair, reasonable.”
The five Town Board members approved employee agreements for the following administrators:
- Mona Montal, the supervisor’s chief of staff, purchasing director and budget coordinator, until Dec. 31, 2021, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. She signed her agreement in October.
- Christian Sampson, the appointed Town Clerk, until Dec. 31, 2019, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Sampson signed the agreement in October.
- Linda Condon, the appointed personnel administrator, until Dec. 21, 2021. Condon signed her agreement Oct. 26, retroactive to Jan. 1.
Scott Shedler, the appointed tax assessor and supervisor of facilities and risk management, until Dec. 31, 2021. Shedler signed the agreement Oct. 19, retroactive to Jan. 1.
- Yitzchock Ullman, the appointed receiver of taxes, until Dec. 31, 2019. Ullman signed the agreement in October, also retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018. Ullman is a former Town Board member appointed to the position in 2018.
The Journal News/lohud.com obtained copies of the employee agreements — which mostly provide the same benefits — from the Ramapo Town Clerk’s Office under the Freedom of Information Law. The town responded with the documents within five days, though it had 25 days to respond.
The agreements also allow for the five administrators to also accrue limited amounts of unused vacation days, such as 50 bankable days, and convert unused holiday pay into sick time. They can cash in time off and drive a town car for seven days a week, when they are on call for town business.
The agreements provide for CSEA-mirrored pay raises for each administrator, one 5 percent longevity raise during the life of the pact, and two extra vacation days per year during the agreement.
The employees also are allowed paid days off for personal reasons, including for religious observances and get five leave days for the death of an immediate family member.
‘Epitome of obfuscation’
Town activists were critical of the packages as excessive and unnecessary.
“The agreements are not necessary as the salaries already being paid were competitive and generous for the positions, therefore they are not at all in the interest of the Town of Ramapo as the Town does not benefit at all for having approved them,” Deborah Munitz said.
Munitz also criticized the Town Board members for approving the agreements without discussing the details publicly.
“The way in which the agreements were approved is the epitome of obfuscation and a lack of transparency,” she said in a statement. “No details were mentioned in the meeting of October 10th and when I submitted a FOIL requests for the agreements that should have already existed as of 10/10, I was told that as of 10/19 they didn’t exist.”
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