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Avery clarifies salary of village 'officials'

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - Updated: 9:58 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- At the outset of the Village Board of Canajoharie's monthly meeting Tuesday, Canajoharie Mayor Francis Avery said that he took issue with an article recently printed in the Recorder (July 26) and C-S-E (July 31).

The article, titled "Report eyes government payrolls" in the C-S-E, was written by Caroline Murray.

The article states, "A report released by Empire Center for Public Policy compared local government payrolls in the Mohawk Valley region from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. According to the press release, researchers produced the report titled 'What They Make' by analyzing the New York State and Local Retirement System."

The article stated, "The report also included a list of highest-paid village general employees. The village of Canajoharie ranked eighth among 38 villages. According to the report, the village employs 16 officials who made an average of $30,723 during the time of the study."

Avery's issue is with the wording, primarily the statement that "the village employs 16 officials who made an average of $30,723 during the time of the study."

Avery read the Oxford Dictionary's definition of "official", stating the definition as, "a person who has a position of authority in a company, organization or government. A person who holds an office."

"The board and myself do not make $30,000 a piece, much less together," said Avery, explaining that the article "should've said employees, not village officials."

Before taxes, Avery said he makes $6,512 a year, while the four village board members make $3,834 a piece.

Avery said he felt it was important to clear up the misconception as, "Some people will really think that we're fattening at the public trough."

     

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