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Letter: Wage freeze has endured too long

NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman, center, during a meeting

NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman, center, during a meeting of the NIFA board in Uniondale on Dec. 30, 2013. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

Although it does provide some satisfaction that Nassau's financial control board is stepping up to ensure the 2011 wage freeze applies to all county employees, it still infuriates me that people like me are stuck near poverty level, while others get huge pay increases ["NIFA: Detail salaries," News, Jan. 28].

I was hired as a clerk typist for the county in May 2011 with the understanding that my salary would rise to $34,000 within one year. I never imagined that I would be stuck at $23,000 for nearly three years.

I understand that the county is in trouble financially, and there should be some accountability. If I were making $34,000, I wouldn't be as upset as I am now.

County Executive Edward Mangano tried to justify his actions by saying that he saved money by eliminating budgeted positions and giving job duties to remaining appointees. Those salary increases are less than the cost of the eliminated positions, he said. We have been down one person in my office for quite some time. Does that mean her salary should be divided among two other clerks and me?

Bettyann Tinnelly, East Meadow


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