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Further Fallout Over Hempstead Town’s So-Called Patronage Amendment


OFFICIALLY PROTECTED BY THE REPUBLICAN SUPERVISOR YESTERDAY WHO WAS VOTED OUT OF OFFICE LAST MONTH. CBS 2’S JENNIFER McLOGAN WAS WITH OUR UPDATE. Reporter: FALLOUT FROM HEMPSTEAD TOWN’S TUG OF WAR. THE SUPERVISOR’S FINAL BOARD MEETING WENT OUT WITH A SPLASH AND A GROAN. NOW I’M INHERITING ALL THIS. I DON’T THINK WE HAVE EVER SEEN A SITUATION WHERE A DEPARTING ELECTED OFFICIAL HAS SADDLED THE NEWLY ELECTED OFFICIAL WITH ALMOST 200 PERSONNEL CHANGES. Reporter: 30 PART-TIME WORKERS GIVEN FULL-TIME STATUS. 161 OTHER EMPLOYEES OFFERED APPOINTMENTS, PROMOTIONS, TRANSFERS AND RAISES. SOME ANGRY TOWN RESIDENTS CALLING THE PROCEEDINGS A PATRONAGE AMENDMENT AND NO LAYOFF CLAUSE SCAM. REPUBLICAN COUNCILMAN BRUCE BLAKEMAN VOTED NO. THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A GOVERNMENT THAT GAVE AWAY SUCH AN IMPORTANT TOOL TO A UNION AND GOT NOTHING IN RETURN FOR IT. Reporter: PROTECTED EMPLOYEES INCLUDED THE BROTHER OF COUNCILMAN ANTHONY D’ESPOSITO. HIS MOTHER IS A SECRETARY UNTIL THE HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. THE BROTHER OF OUTGOING TOWN CLERK, THE TOWN SPOKESMAN TRANSFERRED TO RECEIVER OF TAXES OFFICE. HIGH POWER PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE PROTECTING THEIR FRIENDS, OKAY? BECAUSE IT’S NOT FAIR AT ALL. THIS IS WHAT POLITICIANS DO. I MEAN, IT DOESN’T SHOCK ME. HE IS GOING OUT AND TAKING CARE OF HIS FRIENDS AND STUFF. I WISH THINGS WERE DIFFERENT. UNBELIEVABLE IN SCOPE AND COST TO THE TAXPAYERS. AT LEAST $4 MILLION IN COSTS ARE GOING TO BE SADDLED TO THE TAXPAYERS FOR ALL THESE PERSONNEL DECISIONS. Reporter: WILL YOU BE ABLE TO UNDO THIS? WE’RE GOING TO EXPLORE ALL OUR OPTIONS. ONCE SHE IS IN OFFICE AND HAS HER OWN ATTORNEY, THEY WILL HAVE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT TO SEE WHETHER THIS PROCESS WAS DONE LEGALLY. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES WHEN PEOPLE ON THE WAY OUT ARE IN A RUSH, THEY MAKE MISTAKES. Reporter: MOST SHOCKING SAYS THE NEW SUPERVISOR, THE BOARD APPROVED CHANGES TO THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

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