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Aug 25, 2009 11:11 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Schneiderman takes temporary pay cut

Aug 25, 2009 11:11 AM

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman announced this week that he has volunteered to temporarily cut his salary from the county by 10 percent in recognition of the severe financial challenges facing county government and as a show of solidarity with county workers who are doing the same.

The reduction began on July 30 and will be accomplished by “lagging” Mr. Schneiderman’s bi-weekly paycheck through the end of the year at a rate of 10 percent over 10 pay periods. The total amount of the cut will be equivalent to two weeks pay, according to the press release Mr. Schneiderman’s office put out. But any elected officials who sustain a salary reduction as a result of their voluntary participation in the pay cuts will, “upon their separation from service with the county, be entitled to a reimbursement of such salary reduction at the rate of pay the elected officials are receiving at the time of their separation from service.”

“Those in government need to realize there are people struggling in this difficult economic climate, and we have to do everything in our power to avoid placing any additional burden on Suffolk County taxpayers,” Mr. Schneiderman is quoted in his press release as saying.

The voluntary participation in “lag” was passed for the betterment of the county, the press release said, and “to acknowledge the same personal sacrifices in respect to the county workers who will also be lagging their payroll.”

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WOW, a whopping ten percent cut on an annual aalary of at least $90,000.

WHAT A SACRIFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 4, 09 7:31 PM
better than none, isn't it Mr. Z? perhaps you would like the job . . .
By Board Watcher (534), East Hampton on Aug 5, 09 2:04 PM
Why doesn't the County Executive and his staff step up and take a Lag Pay ? 10 percent of a $80,000 pay is nothing but a few bucks. Most these County Legislators have other jobs. Why don't All Elected Officials and their Staff take a 30 to 40 percent cut and just donate it back to the county as to not hurt the union workers who don't make as much.
By Moriches Bay (2), Moriches on Aug 5, 09 5:32 PM
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I wish he would take a leave from the Democratic party.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Aug 6, 09 5:04 PM
Thank you Jay for showing your support to the community. I hope more officials follow your lead.
By Katherine (15), Hampton Bays on Aug 7, 09 11:01 AM
folks, read the article..its 10% over 10 pay periods..equal to a 2 week pay cut...which is NOT 10%. and, if you look hard enough, you will find that the $$ came through the back door somewhere, because NOBODY volunteers for a pay-cut. and leave it to a politician to press release it and then use a phrase like ''lagging'' the paychecks over 10 bi-weekly pay periods.....hahahaha politicians.....
By thetruthhurts (21), southampton on Aug 10, 09 6:57 AM