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Dobie: Town boards find something to agree on

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray addresses supporters at

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray addresses supporters at GOP Election Night Headquarters in Westbury. (Nov. 5, 2013) Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

So, no surprises — the town boards in Hempstead and North Hempstead approved salary increases for themselves and some other elected officials. The votes came after public hearings during their respective meetings Tuesday, after some residents in each town expressed disapproval.

The issue, as we’ve said before, was not the size of the raises or whether they were deserved. It was a question of timing: Why were they proposed right after November’s elections? The answer seems pretty clear. No town board member was forced to defend a “yes” vote in the election. The rest of the calculation is that all will be forgotten by the time the next election rolls around.

Incoming North Hempstead supervisor Judi Bosworth, who takes office in January, had the political acumen to request via letter that a raise for her position be removed from the resolution. And the two Republicans on the Democratic-controlled board voted against the increases. But the four Democrats on the board and all the Republicans on Hempstead’s all-GOP board voted yes.

Don’t you love bipartisanship?