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Babylon board member's IDA side gig

 

Tony Martinez not only makes $57,000 a year as Babylon town board member and $10,000 as deputy supervisor, but since January he is also getting paid $20,000 annually working for the Babylon Industrial Development Agency.

According to minutes of the Jan. 10 meeting, the board unanimously approved the Martinez’s hiring as the “agency’s advocate in expediting matters.” At the time, IDA board member Patrick Halpin, former county executive, said “having Mr. Martinez expediting matters will make a great difference for the IDA.”

Martinez, a former union organizer, said he is now working full time for the town and is working for the agency as a consultant, even though the board minutes refer to his pay as salary. He said he is being paid for “extra work” beyond his town board job. Martinez, who co-chaired Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone’s transition team, could not say whether stipend might pose a conflict of interest, but acknowledged he has in the past voted for the appointment of some IDA members. 

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