Letter: Sheriff department pay clarified

Edward Walsh, Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman, attends Edward Walsh, Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman, attends a reception in support of Anthony S. Senft Jr.'s campaign for New York State Senate, on March 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday

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The May 9 editorial "Fire party leader from both jobs" gave the wrong impression of the salaries of the Suffolk County sheriff's office employees.

The salaries quoted reflect a contract arbitration award that granted three years of retroactive pay raises to the correction officer's union, totaling $37 million from January 2008 through December 2010.

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The editorial stated that one employee, Edward Walsh, received $282,000 in 2013. This amount included $74,339.37 in retroactive pay from the arbitration award.

In the case of the other employee, Steven Compitello, of his $226,000 salary, $61,132.11 represented the contract-mandated retroactive payment.

Vincent F. DeMarco, Riverhead

Editor's note: The writer is the Suffolk County sheriff.
 

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