The Westchester Board of Legislators has a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday to consider two items, one to give the new chairman, Legislator Michael Kaplowitz, the power to hire and fire board staff and the other to allow salary increases for the staff.
The second resolution will increase the maximum salaries for various staff positions, which will allow those at the top of the scale to get raises for the first time in several years. Many staff members will see raises in the 2 to 3 percent range.
At Monday’s regular board meeting, Legislator Ken Jenkins, the chairman of the board in the last term, postponed the vote on the two resolutions. Any legislator can postpone an item once. Kaplowitz rescheduled the vote for Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
Jenkins said he thinks the salary increases need more scrutiny in the context of the board’s adopted budget. He also said there should be more transparency about the actual pay increases that are proposed.
“It’s not something you can swizzle around and say, ‘it’s all salaries,'” he said.
Kaplowitz said the powers are the same as those Jenkins had when he was chairman.