Gagliardi’s Package Under Fire

6/12/2008:

Former Hoboken Schools Superintendent Patrick Gagliardi was given a $600,000 goodbye package so he would walk away in time for David Roberts to pick his successor. The Newark Star Ledger is putting Gagliardi’s package under a microscope in the wake of outrage over another Schools Superintendant who received a $740,000 package. Dunstan McNichol reports state education officials refused to step in when and mediate complaints about the Hoboken buyout even though they are now in court opposing portions of the Keansburg superintendent’s packager:

Patrick Gagliardi stepped down as Hoboken superintendent last June under an agreement that included about $495,000 in payments for unused sick and vacation days and the promise of another $100,000 in post-retirement consulting fees. That’s on top of a standard pension of $128,400 per year that Gagliardi earned after 44 years in Hoboken. Last December, Hoboken’s board of education asked state Education Commissioner Lucille Davy to void the consulting fees portion of the deal. In January, Davy denied their request, saying she had no legal authority to intercede.

Davy’s response to Hoboken’s petition stands in sharp contrast to the state’s reaction last month to word that Keansburg’s longtime superintendent, Barbara Trzeszkowski, was scheduled to collect $740,000 in severance benefits upon her retirement June 30. Trzeszkowski was to receive $184,586 for 235.5 unused sick days and 20 vacation days, plus a $556,290 severance bonus calculated by multiplying her current monthly salary by the number of years she has worked in Keansburg.

Gagliardi’s package was approved by a school board made up almost entirely of supporters of Mayor Roberts, who was feuding with Gagliardi and wanted to make way for his man: Jack Raslowsky. While state Attorney General Anne Milgram ls suing to to void the Keansburg severance bonus (calling it “unreasonable” and “unconscionable”) she has so far been mum on the similar buyout in the school district where her boss Governor Jon Corzine lives.

State lawmakers are drafting a bill to prohibit such severance bonuses in the future.

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11 Comments on "Gagliardi’s Package Under Fire"


whewwhewwhew
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8 years 3 months ago

Why do these people get sick days when it is so obvious they do not need them?
It appears every cop, teacher and fireman retires with hundreds of unused sick days. Sick days are given by employers as a way to allow people who really get sick to miss work and not be double whacked by not getting paid, and feeling like crap.
The idea these get carried over year after year is insane and has been eliminated from every non-government business there is. The idea of a business is to make money. The idea of government is to steal as much money from the taxpayers as possible.
I would love to know over the past 10 years how much has been paid to our “civil servants” in unused sick pay on their way out the door. I bet it would make up a big chunk of the budget shortfall.
The sense of entitlement is maddening! Imagine what goes on at the Federal Level???

Friedupright
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Friedupright
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87672″]frink
I laughed soda through my nose. lol.[/quote]
I just read the comment again and snorted a mouthful of coffee. Where can I get that balm?

BarbaraR56
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BarbaraR56
8 years 3 months ago

As a former Bd of Ed employee (I had the good sense to leave) Mr. G should have never been made Superintendent. He lacked manners, social skills not too mention his superiority complex was astounding. He was made superintendent under the former administration whose ability to turn this man into a “yes” man for a price initially “stole” the position from a well-loved, well-respected Principal was next in line for the position. The Principal left the school district and went onto another and I have to say has achieved more in his 7 years there than he was allowed to achieve here. The payout to him was considerably less. 😛

Red Haven
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Red Haven
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87705″]Honcho stated above that we have paid 100% of the new building construction. What new school construction?[/quote]

Actually, Honcho was quoting from Paul Mulshine’s column today, which is online with additional information and reaction here:

http://tinyurl.com/4mwu3p

Hoboken was supposed to get Schools Consruction Corporation funding from the state for a new High School, but the money dried up before the check was written. In theory that money may someday reappear, but for now (and likely forever) it will remain a promise unfulfilled.

anyday
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anyday
8 years 3 months ago

Honcho stated above that we have paid 100% of the new building construction. What new school construction? To house the pre-schoolers, the district rents space from St. Francis. the majority of the kids are housed in Brandt, which doesn’t appear to be a new building. Calabro was rennovated last year and the state paid. The Connors rehab had to be post-poned because state funds were not available. As to the Ledger article, the facts are incorrect: Hoboken does not receive half its funding from the state. The only Abbott money Hoboken receives pays for the mandated preschool program. This is about 6 million dollars. That program did not exist prior Abbott funding becoming available. I wonder if the program would have been put in place if Hoboken was not an Abbott district?

Don’t forget, when the budget went to vote, the city’s chunk was about 35 million. The rest of the money comes from other sources, and remember that 1 million was state money passing through to the charter schools.

I wonder what the top cop gets for a housing subsidy in New York. That job doesn’t get paid chicken feed; otherwise it would turn over rapidly. How much of it is deferred compensation?

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