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Suffolk GOP lawmaker acts to tighten up residency rule
Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-E. Islip) has proposed a local law to tighten up on the county’s residency requirement for new employees who live outside Suffolk.
The current law allows the hiring of non-resident employees, but then requires a legislative resolution for of a one year waiver to give the new employee time to move in.
Cilmi’s bill would require that the county legislature approve the temporary exemption on county residency rules before a new employee starts work.
“It’s not what was originally intended,” said Cilmi, noting the wording of the law permits a delay of weeks or months before a waiver request comes to lawmakers. In addition, Cilmi said if the leguislature fails to act on a waiver request, the waiver is deemed approved.
Cilmi said he got the idea for his bill after the Bellone administration put forward a waiver resolution for Babylon public relations aide Tim Ruggieri who Bellone hired as a $95,000 a year county executive assistant, but needed a waiver because he lives in Brooklyn.
"I didn’t feel it was fair to pull the rug out fronm under him after he left another job,” said Cilmi. “But I’m sure there are 1,000 Suffolk County residents who could have qualified.”
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