Raising a question
To the Editor,
A public document available on the cornwall-on-hudson.org website is entitled
“Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution” which was adopted by the Village Board on January 16, 2012 for a 7 hour work day. This resolution was adopted as a state requirement to set a standard work day for the village elected officials and employees participating in the NYS Retirement System. At adoption the Board did not have the list of those requesting monthly coverage credits.
On February 2, 2012 our village clerk submitted the following: Trustee James Kane has submitted starting April 5, 2010 that he has worked 20 days per month (5 days a week?) at 7 hrs. per day. That is 35 hours per week in the part-time position as our Village Trustee. Even the Mayor is only claiming 10 days per month.
From his biographical information submitted to cornwallonhudson.com, Mr. Kane acknowledges that he is a practicing attorney in a law firm. Also, he serves in the National Guard. Does he have the documentation to support this submittal or is it an error? But it is an official submittal by the village clerk to the New York State Comptroller and will be used to compute his retirement benefit.
Just for the record, none of the other trustees serving on the Board during this time have applied for this benefit.
Please go to the website and view this posting. Retirement costs continue to escalate in our small village and you should understand why.
Barbara Gosda, Village Trustee
Jan Smith, Trustee Candidate