Mason on public jobs

7/21/2008:

Forgot to post this press release from 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason last week.

Additionally, PolitickerNJ.com also published their take on this announcement.

Do you think government officials should be allowed to hold one, two, three or more public sector jobs?

Mason to offer salary ordinance

WANTS TO PROHIBIT COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM RECEIVING MORE THAN ONE PUBLICLY FUNDED SALARY

Says She Supports Steve Fulop’s Reform Measures

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Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason said she will soon introduce an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance modeled after the one authored by Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop that would ban city elected officials from receiving more than one public salary or pension.

Fulop recently secured more than 1,800 petition signatures to get his initiatives on a separate ballot referendums in November.

Mason said she and Fulop, who both work in the private sector and are new to elected office, share a desire to improve government accountability.

“I am sure that Councilman Fulop recognizes, as do I, how difficult it is to create a more responsive and responsible government when the primary interest of many elected officials lies in perpetuating a cumbersome, costly bureaucracy that rewards the few, at the expense of the many,” said Mason.

“We need a government that serves the people not the political class,” added Mason, who was elected to the council in May 2007. “Right now too much government money goes toward serving those who make their living from government and not enough goes to improving the quality of life of the people who live in our communities.”

hoboken-councilman-ruben-ramos-government-jobs.jpgMason said the state’s ban on dual office holding is weak and does not address the fact that many elected officials make their livelihood by working for government agencies or school boards.

“There is no interest in reducing the size, and cost of government or increasing the accountability of government by those elected officials whose economic interests lies in a bigger, more expensive government operations,” said Mason.

“One government paycheck and one pension is all anyone should be entitled to,” said Mason, who noted that the ban on dual paychecks should extend to any city council member receiving income from any other public sector job in the state.

Mason said the one paycheck rule would eliminate many conflicts of interests for elected officials who work for police departments, county or state agencies or school boards.

“My objective is not to punish anyone who holds another public job, but merely to send the message that elected office holders have to make a choice; they can either represent the people who elected them, or they can work to advance their own economic interests. But they can’t do both,” added the councilwoman.

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69 Comments on "Mason on public jobs"

Beejay
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Beejay

I agree with Mason’s proposal. I am fed up with officials in this town and throughout New Jersey that treat public service as a family business.

Beejay
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Beejay

[quote comment=”94538″]I’m still waiting for Mason’s press release acknowledging the bitch slap she received today from the Supreme Court. No suprise that 411 is too busy posting tales of pigeon snatching to report on this crushing loss.[/quote]

I am not exactly familiar with what you are referring to, but why would you think that fellow citizens of Hoboken on this site would share your happiness over whatever the court decided? Mason is fighting on all our behalfs to make our government more open and accountable?

strand tramp
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strand tramp

yeah, let’s give it right back to mason! she thinks she can make this city disclose public records? f her! who does she think she is, a council woman? a resident of the city? a taxpayer too? so what??? this are top secret records of fraud against the taxpayers of hoboken and WE WILL NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE DISCLOSED, EVEN IF IT COSTS THE TAXPAYERS A MILLION DOLLARS !!!!!!!

slowboken07
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slowboken07

I’m still waiting for Mason’s press release acknowledging the bitch slap she received today from the Supreme Court. No suprise that 411 is too busy posting tales of pigeon snatching to report on this crushing loss.

HHoney
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HHoney
[quote comment=”94393″][quote comment=”94385″][quote comment=”94376″]brady is right! zimmer could absolutely vote on things that could benefit herself! why, she might even attempt to address the flooding problem on her street as well! she would certainly benefit personally from that! the nerve. she should clearly steer clear of any conflict of interest votes on anything that might improve the quality of life of residents in her district if it might benefit herself as well. alert the press….[/quote] i was just pointing out that anyone can vote on things that they can benefit from. i don’t see how you can make it a rule that some elected officials can get paid, and some can’t. it doesn’t make sense to me. oh…and will beth be voting on this? because she benefits….she’s on of the ones who can get paid![/quote] Additionally, like I said, there’s no reason why these people who are getting paid for a full-time position should be allowed to split their time with another full-time position. If they have that much free time in the already pathetically short city hall workday, they need to get rid of some of them as full time jobs or combine them.[/quote]Here is why I’m conflicted about this whole thing: how come it is okay according to this proposal that everyone else on the City Council can have one or more full-time jobs with as many other paychecks, retirement plans and benefits plans as they want or can get as long as they aren’t “public” jobs? Part… Read more »
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