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Nassau Minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) last week wrote to County Executive Edward Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos, both Republicans, to say Democratic legislators “are extremely concerned” that former GOP Assemb. Robert Barra is working for the county as a part-time golf-course attendant 1 at the same time he serves as the full-time Valley Stream Village Clerk.
Newsday reported last week that Barra earned $33,586 last year for his part-time job — while the salary of a full-time county golf course attendant 1 was frozen at a salary of $23,500 for the past three years under a wage freeze imposed by the county’s control board. Newsday also reported that Barra had just received a raise to $129,000 for his full-time Valley Steam job.
“Not only is this contrary to any acceptable standard of fairness and equity, it strongly suggests that the county is engaging in flagrant cronyism and political favoritism,” Abrahams wrote.
Noting that the county continues to be under financial controls because of its ongoing budget struggles, Abrahams requested within seven days “a list of all the part-time and seasonal county employees including name, title, hire date, current salary and salary as of the date of hire.”
So far, Abrahams has not received a response to his letter, sent last Thursday.
Representatives for Mangano could not be reached Monday.
A Maragos spokesman said the comptroller’s office is preparing the list of part-time and seasonal employees for Abrahams.