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Nassau: Out with new (time clocks), in with old (time sheets)

The electronic payroll clock used by workers in the office of the clerk of the Nassau County Legislature has been removed.

A spokesman for the Republican majority in the legislature, which appoints the clerk, said the device was removed on Jan. 4th when Republicans took control of the legislature after picking up two seats in the November election.

The presiding officer, Legis. Peter Schmitt of Massapequa, had them taken out because he was concerned about a lack of spare parts, spokesman Ed Ward said. He said Schmitt never had the system installed for his own staff when they were the minority because he thought it was unreliable.

The 22 Republican staffers, and 10 workers in the clerk’s office, use the old paper time sheets to record the hours they work, the spokesman said.

Ward said that at Schmitt’s request the Office of Legislative Budget Review was examining the electronic time-keeping system, which as been plagued with problems since its initial installation in some county office in December 2008.

The Democratic minority still uses the $15 million system, called inTime, which they approved while they were in the majority and Democrat Thomas Suozzi was the county executive.

County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican, has ordered a thorough review of the system, which is used by about half the county’s work force.

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