A proposal to establish a minimum wage at $9 per hour for Town of Smithtown seasonal employees has been tabled for a second time.
Councilwoman Lynne C. Nowick moved to postpone action on the proposal at a recent town board meeting. She did the same at a meeting last month when the measure was first introduced by Councilman Robert Creighton.
"My tabling it does not mean I am not eventually in support of this, but I want to look over the budget this year," Nowick said at Tuesday's meeting, after Councilman Edward Wehrheim asked why she again wanted to table the proposal, which would go into effect April 1.
Nowick said that after last month's meeting, a young summer employee who worked in the town's recreation department and his mother each called, screaming and cursing at her. The board agreed in a 3-2 vote to postpone consideration of the proposal, with Creighton and Wehrheim dissenting.
Wehrheim said Thursday that board members should have said they wanted to table the resolution at a work session before the meeting. "Not one word was uttered that they intended to table it. It's just politics at its worst," he said.
Creighton said Wednesday that he was astounded by the vote.
"If you have a proposed expenditure, you bring it to the supervisor's attention and you properly budget for it," he said. "[Nowick] has it backward. The reason she tabled it is because the supervisor told her to table it."
Nowick said Thursday that Creighton's assertion "was not accurate." She said she supported the establishment of a minimum wage, but did not know whether the estimated $23,000 annual cost was available to budget.
McCarthy said Thursday that he also favored the plan, but voted to table it because "it's not something that would normally go on a resolution. It's a policy. . . . All of our seasonal help will be getting minimum wage next year, and I will support that through the budget process."