Spin Cycle

News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics


Son of ex-Suffolk public-works commish on layoff list

Among those on Suffolk’s list of 315 layoffs is the son of former Suffolk Public Works Commissioner Charles Bartha.

Bartha’s son, Charles, a $42,125 a year engineering aide, was one of several public works employees who testified at legislative committee last week about the department’s effort to restore nine jobs, where employees work on fulltime on state and federal aided propjects.

The elder Bartha, now associate partner of Sidney Bowne & Son, was commissioner for nine years, capping a 34 year career in the department. He left in 2006, two years before his son was hired.

Jon Schneider , deputy county exexcutive, said the elder Bartha called him about but his son, but said saving the jobs is a long shot because of difficulties in tracking federal funding to specific work. He added delays in aid payment could add to cash crunch.

“I was in the commissioner office when we did layoffs,” said the elder Bartha. “The county’s going through some difficult times. I hope they find a way to keep as many people working as possible.”

advertisement | advertise on newsday


Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Rep. Michael Grimm saying he can continue to serve despite pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on the GOP to push Grimm out. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declining to comment until he meets with Grimm.

advertisement | advertise on newsday