Here’s a statement from the office of County Executive Rob Astorino. Below it is a statement from Ken Jenkins, the Democratic chairman of the Board of Legislators:
County Executive Robert P. Astorino has asked the Board of Legislators to extend for another year a county law that guarantees that county employees who are serving on active duty are held harmless on their pay.————————————————-
The legislation, first adopted in 2001 and extended numerous times since then, authorizes the county to pay the servicemen the difference between their regular county salary and their military salary. During this period, county health, dental and vision benefits are also safeguarded.
“This remains the right thing to do,” said Astorino. “Our troops put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. It is essential that we make sure they and their families are financially secure.”
There are currently six employees who are using the supplemental military leave. Since 2001, 50 employees have benefited from this act.
The legislation picks up where state law that mandates six-months of gap payments ends.
Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) stated today that the BOL will gladly present a county law for approval that guarantees that county employees who are serving on active duty are held harmless on their pay—once the BOL receives the legislation from County Executive Robert P. Astorino.
Unfortunately, the legislation, which was first adopted in 2001 and has been unanimously extended by the BOL every year since, expired in April 2012 because of either inaction or an oversight by the Astorino Administration.
“I’m confident that the Board of Legislators will once again unanimously approve a bill that supports of our active service members,” said Jenkins. “I will call a special meeting of the BOL to consider this legislation as soon as I receive it. I’d like to know why we did not receive the legislation on a timely basis to prevent its expiration. Let’s hope there are no serious ramifications for the Administration failing to present this law for renewal.”
The law gives the County the authority to pay the service members the difference between their regular county salary and their military salary. Also, the law ensures that the service members continue to receive their health, dental and vision benefits.