Residents gathered outside Islip Town Hall on Saturday to demand the ouster of Supervisor Angie Carpenter, incensed by a proposed tax hike that was preceded by pay raises for senior staff.
“The politicians — many have not been truthful or transparent,” said Keri Michel, who organized the protest. “I would like to see Angie resign. ... We want change and transparency.”
Carpenter, through her spokeswoman, declined to comment. Carpenter has been supervisor since March 2015.
Michel was joined by about 25 others — many holding anti-Carpenter signs — who are dissatisfied with the way the town’s finances are being handled.
The tentative 2017 budget includes a 9.9 percent property tax increase that requires piercing the town’s state-mandated tax cap in order to pass.
One of the protesters, Lynne Esposito, an Islip resident for 9 years, said the money used for the raises amounts to a misappropriation of funds. She claims the move wasn’t properly disclosed to residents.
“This shouldn’t be ignored,” Esposito said. “It’s horrible politics.”
During hearings for the 2017 budget, Carpenter had called raises for senior officials “outlandish,” when in fact they had already been given.
According to town records, raises totaling $134,000 were given to several employees on Jan. 24.
Andrea Vecchio, a town resident since 1974, said piercing the tax cap in part to give raises to a favored few is wrong.
“They’re behaving like the taxpayers’ money means nothing,” she said.
The board is slated to vote on the proposed budget at a 10:30 a.m. hearing Thursday at Town Hall.