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Hempstead Town board to vote on pay raises

Kate Murray, a Republican, is supervisor of the

Kate Murray, a Republican, is supervisor of the Town of Hempstead. Her salary would increase to $160,000 a year under a new proposal. (June 24, 2011) Photo Credit: Newsday/David Pokress

The Hempstead Town board will vote Tuesday to consider giving itself pay raises of $10,000 and $5,000 starting next year.

The board will hold a public hearing about the salary increase proposal at its meeting starting at 10:30 a.m. in the Nathan L.H. Bennett Pavilion, adjacent to Hempstead Town Hall, 1 Washington St. in Hempstead.

The proposed raises would increase Supervisor Kate Murray’s salary to $160,000 from $150,000 per year, a 6.67 percent raise. The other six town board members would go from making $66,000 per year to $71,000, a 7.58 percent raise.

The supervisor and town board members haven’t had a salary increase since early 2010, town officials said.

But Democratic leaders have denounced the proposal, pointing out that the move comes after the general election.

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