Suffolk’s Santa is not only coming back on the payroll this year, he will get $220 more for his work.
Vanessa Baird Streeter, spokeswoman for county executive Steve Bellone, said that David McKell, 84, will received $880 this year, working four weekends at the historic St. James General store between Thanksgving and Christmas. His pay rate has not changed, but he is working one additional weekend over the three he did last year. She added the funding for McKell’s work comes out of the county hotel motel tax which is aimed at promoting local tourism.
McKell became a a campaign issue last year when former County Executive Steve Levy fired McKell and Steve Bellone, running for county executive, paid McKell $660 out of his own pocket to keep him on the job only days before his election.