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Tell Us: Is Town Supervisor's Salary Appropriate?

Frank Petrone among highest paid supervisors on Long Island, says Newsday.

Town of Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone is among the highest paid town supervisors on Long Island, according to a recent article from Newsday.

With an annual salary of $158,543 in 2011, he earned roughly 77 cents per resident, says the article, in comparison to Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, who made $150,742 or 20 cents per person. Then there's Shelter Island Supervisor James Dougherty, who is paid $30.53 per resident.

Petrone, a full time employee, received a $4,360 pay raise with the 2013 budget in September. The town board members, who work part-time, took a pay freeze.

Are you surprised at Petrone's annual salary? Do you think he should have given himself a raise? Tell us in the comments.

Kevin M October 24, 2013 at 08:57 PM
I don't ever have a problem with a hard working person making a good living wage. Is $150K a lot of money? Hell no, not on Long Island with the criminal taxes we pay. My question is this. Why are these career politicians (not excluding) Mr. Petrone so eager to become elected time after time? It's not the annual pay. It's ALL the perks and benefits which most of us know nothing about. Have all of you forgotten how 'THEY' were trying to raise the LIRR parking from $50 to $600 per year? I haven't. The crime in that is all the taxes we pay haven't been maintaining that parking facility and been neglected for so long it's now in shambles. They lose 30% of the parking revenue due to unsafe infrastructure. Why do I have to repeatedly call to have town trimmed trees removed from my street and 3 years of calling for a street light to be replaced? YET, this is election year, so when I threatened to blog about the light it was fixed the next day. How sinful it is to neither see or hear from these people until it's election time, BUT then you can't pass an intersection without being distracted by campaign signs. Signs so rediculously overdone that if it were the general public they'd be issuing tickets for driving while reading campaign signs.
Robert W October 24, 2013 at 09:03 PM
K Munro don't you find it ironic that you state on Long Island we pay "criminal taxes" . You do realize these taxes pay Petrone's salary and benefits?
rosy gallica October 25, 2013 at 07:53 AM
So why is the piece being republished??? It ran a year ago.....
Kevin M October 25, 2013 at 08:17 AM
I do sir, yes Mr W, but if as stated each residents share is .70 some odd cents I hardly think that's criminal. What irks me is these town officials forget who they're employed by and think they're antonymous with regard to spending our tax dollars. There exists a criminal amount of wasteful, irresponsible and unknown spending. Every cent of the tax payers money should be accounted for to expose waste, corruption and slipshod and unscrupulous contracts given to the 'players'
G October 25, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Let's not forget that Revenue Frank used to be a Republican who switched parties in order to get re-elected. He's the worst kind of weasel politician who will do anything to re-elected, collect his bloated $170K salary, and feather his retirement nest at the taxpayers' expense.

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