Mayor no longer makes $130k
411 gets results – salary still too high!
Hoboken411’s truth-filled article this morning resulted in a 10% reduction in the salary of the Hoboken Mayor – that many feel is still exorbitantly too high compared to other municipalities with much larger responsibilities.
How much is too much?
If I had a dollar for every complaint about the size of Mayor David Roberts’ salary I ever saw on Hoboken411 I would have, well, something close to that salary!
In Hoboken, it’s long been custom for those who aren’t in power to complain about the salaries of those who are. Tonight the “new” city council will have a chance to change that, but will they?
An ordinance “Establishing the salaries of the Mayor, Council, and Department Heads” is on the agenda for Introduction and First Reading. It sets the base annual salary for the Mayor at $129,894 plus “benefits as set forth in the current Hoboken Municipal Supervisors Association.” How does nearly $130,000 a year compare to other municipalities in New Jersey? The answer may surprise you.
Read the rest after the jump!!!
Hoboken Mayor: Highest salary in Hudson County
At last count in 2006, the U.S. Census estimated there are just under 40,000 people living in our Mile Square. Jersey City has over 200,000 more people than Hoboken (and a much larger budget), yet tonight the council will move to pay the Mayor of Hoboken $35,000 more than the Mayor of the largest city in the county made in 2007. Bayonne, Union City, West New York and North Bergen each have far more people than Hoboken, but their Mayors are paid far less. In fact, Hoboken pays members of the City Council more than the MAYORS of most Hudson County Municipalities are paid!
But wait, it gets worse!
New Jersey has four municipalities with more than 100,000 residents. Two of them (Newark and Jersey City) have more than 200,000. Among these four largest municipalities Hoboken pays it’s Mayor more than all but ONE of them.
The Mayor of Elizabeth is Chris Bollwage. He’s been Mayor since 1992 and was a city councilman for 10 years before that. Compare his experience and responsibilities to that of our new “Acting Mayor” who will be paid more than $10,000 more just because she happened to be the Council President at a time when the Mayor resigned!
How did this happen?
For decades Hoboken’s city government and Board of Education has been controlled by public employees. Dave Roberts was a firefighter, Anthony Russo was a teacher, as was Pat Pasculli before him. Steve Cappiello was a policeman. The history of municipal employees running the show has lead to inflated pay scales not just in Hoboken, but New Jersey as a whole.
In 2001 when Russo was making $93,000 – a year all “reformers” cried foul.
Now that they’re in control of the council, will they reign in the Mayor’s runaway salary or just enjoy the fact that they are in a position to spend it?