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Islip Town’s payroll costs jump 7 percent over 2014

Islip Town Hall on Main Street in Islip

Islip Town Hall on Main Street in Islip on Oct. 20, 2016. Credit: John Roca

Islip has the fifth-highest payroll on Long Island with $49,187,935.31 spent in 2015, a 7 percent increase over the 2014 payroll.

The payroll includes 1,121 full-time, part-time and seasonal employees, of which 679 were full-time, permanent employees. That’s an 8 percent increase from 2014, when the town had 1,037 employees on the payroll.

The average pay of town employees dropped 1 percent, to $43,878.62, down from $44,252.31 average pay in 2014.

The town spent $4,057,658.84 on overtime pay, a 13 percent increase over the amount spent on overtime in 2014. The overtime pay made up 8.25 percent of the overall payroll, a percentage that is third-highest on Long Island after Brookhaven and Long Beach.

Former town assessor Ron Devine was the highest-paid employee with a $174,127.04 paycheck last year that included payouts for unused sick and vacation days when he left the job in September 2015.

Former Environmental Control Commissioner Eric Hofmeister was the second-highest paid with a $167,911.69 paycheck that also included payouts for unused sick and vacation days when he left his position in October 2015.

Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter’s salary in 2015 after she was appointed supervisor that March was $84,759.65 — the lowest salary for a supervisor on Long Island that year.

Two town park rangers commanded the most overtime pay in 2015.

Edward Carter earned an additional $53,611.94 on top of his $67,620.08 base salary, and Antonio Ricciardi made an additional $49,425.72 on top of his $67,258.83 base salary.

Islip comptroller Joseph Ludwig said the park rangers have to work a lot of overtime for extra training and additional work shifts due to attrition.

“Their overtime has been pretty extensive for a bunch of reasons. With park rangers they have to have peace officer status as well, and they have to go through a police academy of sorts, so you can’t just hire people off the street,” Ludwig said. “If people leave, then it takes a while to replace them and the other rangers work more.”

The park rangers also worked extra shifts to aid the Suffolk County district attorney’s office’s investigation into nearly 40,000 tons of toxic debris illegally dumped at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood, one of four sites in and around Islip Town.

“Roberto Clemente from 2014 to 2015 was being baby-sat by the park rangers so that no one would go mess up the crime scene,” Ludwig said.

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