October 28, 2008

Newlin Bags 37% Raise

Come on. Really? A 37% raise? As our country goes through its most difficult economic times since the Depression, Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin is granted a 37% raise? Kudos to Councilman Ernest Palmer for being the lone soul on the council to vote against this raise.

Families in our community are struggling, as they are across the country. A quarter of a million homes were foreclosed on last month. Corporations are laying of thousands of employees every day. People are going without health insurance because they can't afford it. Hourly workers are going without raises. The state of New York is looking at a multi-billion deficit next year, which is sure to trickle down to the counties and towns across the state. Seniors are worried about how they're going to pay their heating bills this winter. Golden parachutes are being decimated. Oh wait, that's a good thing. But the point is, this is not the time for a municipality to be handing out a 37% raise.

We don't begrudge elected officials making more money. Many of them are far underpaid for the service that they perform for the community. But in this case, it's bad, bad timing. In addition, questions are still lingering about the NYPA settlement and the fears that Lewiston received far less than they should have (see Massena/Alcoa).

Although it was the council that approved this raise, Newlin should have had the courage to stand up and say that this is not the right time. Unfortunately, apparently, it's sometimes very difficult for some people to do the right thing.

13 comments:

Barney said...

Mr. Newlin is part of the Town board - and it my understaning that he voted in "favor" for his own pay raise.

rob clark said...

How did Lewiston "not" get a good deal from NYPA?

"The Matador" said...

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lido said...

Like the post said, Rob, see Massena/Alcoa. Do you always expect other people to do your homework for you? Lewiston got dicked compared to what Massena and Alcoa got. And the Lewiston facility is much bigger and generates millions more in profis than Massena. Do a simple Google search.

Paladin said...

I walked into my boss's office today and asked for a 37% raise. When he got done laughing...and laughing...he explained that out here in the private sector, we don't do things like that--not even for employees with value, who aren't just blow-dried pompous asses.

Not saying that anyone who's received a 37% pay raise lately is a blow-dried pompous ass, of course. I wouldn't want to imply such a thing.

Barney said...

I heard today the the one of broadcast media will be covering the Lewiston Budget session on Monday at 7PM. Their is nothing better rating than a pissed off population.

rob clark said...

Yea I remember the the deal. And there were alot of heavy wieghts involved in it. Mostly Spitzer. That being said I think that Newlin did a pretty good job for being a local Town Supervisor.

Barney said...

Newlin signed the contract, he done the deal... However i came out earlier this year that he could have done much better for the town.

However, don't blame Fred - it his first and only job and he was in his fist term, he was bound to make a mistake or two. This one just happen to cost the Town 15 Million a year.

rob clark said...

How did it cost him money? This is a state agency we are talking about. They could have told him and everyone else to go pound salt

Paul Hutchins said...

The fact of the matter is, nobody deserves a 37% raise in this economy. The fact that the board approved it is pure arrogance. I applaud Palmer for not voting for it. Newlin was "hired" by the towns constituency for a part time job. If he wants to work more hours, good for him. Working any more than the requirement is not what he was hired for. If he needs the money, he should go get a job. If a worker in the private sector is hired for a 20 hour a week job and decides for himself he is going to work 40 hours, his boss is not going to pay him for the extra hours. The same scenario applies here. We, the people of Lewiston do not approve of the extra hours, therfore Mr. Newlin, request denied. Go get a job if you need more money.

Mic said...

The comments by Mr. Hutchins are the stupidist I have heard in a long time. Your job pays you for 20 hours but you "Choose" to work 40 hours with no extra pay. Come on. Where can I find employees like that? The Supervisor is working FULL TIME for PART TIME pay.Quite the deal for the Town. Mr. Hutchins you wouldn't be posturing for an up coming election. Hmmm!

Barney said...

MIC,

Your kidding right?

To answer your question, give Fred Newlin a call, because he is your guy.

However, you may be disappointed because he is never at town hall.

And there are no time cards that speak to his so called work load.

The fact is he was elected to a PART TIME job with no benefits and part time pay. Then, Fred moved out of his Mom’s basement and bought a big new house and now he is having money problems.

That’s why he decided to raise his own salary by 37% and your “ok” with it?

Give me a break.

Paul Hutchins said...

Mic,
Calling my comments stupid shows your ignorance to the situation. The guy was hired for a part time position and has raised his pay several times over the past 5 years. He justifies it by saying he works long hours. FALSE. Nobody, I mean nobody deserves that kind of a raise. As far as posturing goes, I say what I think is right. Call it what you want, but giving yourself a raise of 37% as a politician is stupidity.