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Brookhaven officials may receive pay raises after hearing

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated

Brookhaven Town Hall is pictured in an undated photo. Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis

Brookhaven Town Highway Superintendent Daniel Losquadro and two other elected town officials may receive hefty pay hikes this year.

The proposed raises — ranging from 13.67 percent for Losquadro to 8.24 percent for Town Clerk Donna Lent — would be the first in recent years for Losquadro, Lent and Receiver of Taxes Louis Marcoccia. The raises will be discussed at a public hearing at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Marcoccia, a Republican who has been in office since 2007, said he did not request a salary hike, which he said was offered by the Republican-controlled town board. He said he could not remember when he last received a raise.

Lent, who took office in 2014, and Losquadro, who won a special election in 2013, have not received raises since they assumed their posts. They also are Republicans.

Marcoccia, who would receive a 9.98 percent raise, said the increases represent a cost-of-living adjustment for himself, Lent and Losquadro.

“That really to me reflects a COLA increase and that’s how I look at it,” Marcoccia said in a telephone interview.

Losquadro and Lent did not return calls for comment.

The consumer price index, which measures inflation, edged up 0.2 percent last month from January, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The annual increase since February 2015 was 0.7 percent in the Long Island and New York City region, the bureau said.

The raise proposed by the town board would boost Losquadro’s pay to $112,000. If the raises are approved, Lent and Marcoccia would be paid $100,000 each.

Through a spokesman, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine declined to comment.

Marcoccia said Losquadro “clearly deserves the increase.”

He noted that Losquadro, whose department maintains 1,675 miles of roads, was paid far less last year than North Hempstead Town highway chief Thomas Tiernan, who is responsible for almost 275 miles of highway. Tiernan was paid $178,537.64 last year, including $40,000 in overtime, records show. Losquadro does not receive overtime pay.

“When you do the comparison, it’s just not right,” Marcoccia said.

Civic leader MaryAnn Johnston said none of the three officials deserves a pay hike. She said Losquadro and Marcoccia did not raise the issue when they ran for re-election last year. Lent last ran in 2013.

“Why not ask for a raise before you run for election?” said Johnston, president of the Affiliated Brookhaven Civic Organization. “What is the basis for the raise? They need more money? Everybody does. . . . That’s not a good reason to ask taxpayers to give you a raise.”

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