REISMAN: The Politics of Salary Creep

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noam(New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson)

Salary creep. Have you noticed this phenomenon?

It’s a self-justifying dip into the cookie jar that lately has become popular with local elected officials who believe it’s high time they got a pay raise.

According to a story by Journal News staff writer Mark Lungariello, over the last year alone the leaders of 15 Westchester County municipalities have rewarded themselves with wage and stipend increases of varying levels of generosity.

A week after the story appeared, the part-time mayor of New Rochelle and some members of the city council said, “Me too!” They also want a raise — a 20 percent raise to be exact.

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