Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00Aside from self-serving political gain at the expense of Glen Cove taxpayers, I see no reason why the mayor chose to negotiate a contract settlement with the CSEA on the eve of the election. He placed being mayor, getting votes and keeping his job ahead of the interests of our taxpayers. There was absolutely nothing for the taxpayers to gain by these actions.
The only thing he accomplished was a weakening of his bargaining position by desperately trying to consummate an 11th hour deal.
I have no problem with the CSEAs actions in negotiating a deal. It’s the job of their leadership to negotiate the best possible deal for their membership. They saw an opportunity and reacted accordingly.
This agreement still must be approved by the city council. If approved, the terms of the agreement will become effective during the first pay period of 2012.
Politicians that place their personal priorities before those of the taxpaying public pose a serious threat to the long-term financial stability of our city. What little confidence the public had in this administration has been severely compromised by these actions.