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Letters: Hempstead board raises unpopular

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray speaks to the

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray speaks to the Long Island Business Council in Farmingdale. (May 9, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is receiving a 6.67 percent increase, bringing her annual salary to $160,000 ["Board approves $40G in raises," News, Dec. 11]. The other six board members are receiving 7.58 percent increases.

I am furious and have questions that need answers. Where is this money coming from? Taxpayers? Or are board members planning to cut something they consider less important?

What have Murray and the board done to deserve these raises? I demand answers, and I'm sure other residents are questioning the decision too.

Phill Dubuche, Hempstead

Our country still feels as though it is going through one of the most devastating economic downturns in all of history. Yet, the Hempstead Town Board can find the money to give raises of $5,000 and $10,000.

Their only argument is that the projected budget will not increase. However, that is not definite! Has anyone questioned where exactly their raises are coming from? It is more than likely coming from our taxes that we all work diligently for!

I understand and respect the officials whom we elect. But what I find baffling is that there are families on Long Island that are barely getting by day to day. They can only hope that they have food on the table each night or that their water is hot when they shower. Yet, elected officials such as Supervisor Kate Murray live comfortably, receiving $160,000 after her self-given raise.

Tess Liantonio, Hicksville

Four years ago, the Hempstead Town Board voted itself and Supervisor Kate Murray a nice pay raise. They did it right after the election, and they're again doing it right after an election.

Perhaps this disturbing pattern is deliberate, in hopes that voters will forget what they have done by the next election. So far their strategy has worked.

Here's some advice: If you don't like the salary of the job you're seeking, then don't run for the office.

Richard T. DeVito, Long Beach