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Southampton Town workers to get July 5 off

The four-day weekend for Southampton Town employees is back on.

The town board voted Thursday to close town hall on July 5, the day after the Independence Day holiday, and give employees an extra day off, passing a resolution that failed 36 hours earlier.

Councilman Jim Malone, who was absent from Tuesday's meeting where the board vote was tied 2-2, proved the decisive third vote for the proposal, which Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst announced during a speech earlier this month.

Malone, who's not seeking re-election this year, said: "It's a tremendous team that does the people's business every day. This small gesture of support and appreciation is my way of saying thank you."

Councilwoman Christine Scalera noted it was just 36 hours earlier that the measure was defeated. "Our workforce is second to none. It's not about that," she said. "My vote is about the . . . responsibility I have."

Throne-Holst said the day off was a "considerate gesture to the hard work and commitment" town employees demonstrated during the storms and during years of budget cuts.

"There is no financial impact," she said. "This will not in any way affect taxpayer money."

Some town employees, such as police and seasonal workers, will still have to work that day, but will get an additional day off that they will have to use by the end of the year.

Councilman Chris Nuzzi, who voted against the resolution on Tuesday, was not at Thursday's meeting. He disagreed with Throne-Holst's characterization that the day off would have no fiscal impact, because it would mean taxpayers would receive less productivity. But he also praised town employees.

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