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Sleepy Hollow Gives Three Employees Pay Raises

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Back in May, Sleepy Hollow started requiring some employees to contribute to the cost of their health insurance. This week, a few of those employees received raises to cover the cost of that insurance contribution.

The Board of Trustees approved pay raises for village employees Sean McCarthy, Richard Gross and Rae Lee at its Tuesday meeting.

Village Architect McCarthy will see his salary increase 1.5 percent. Public Works General Foreman Gross's salary will increase 1 percent. Lee's salary will increase 3.5 percent. Lee is an office assistant in the building department.

The salary increases are effective June 1, 2011.

McCarthy, Gross and Lee are all non-union employees.

Village Administrator Anthony Giaccio did not respond to a request for salary information for McCarthy, Gross and Lee. Public employee salaries are considered public records under New York State Law.

The website seethroughny.net , which publishes public employee salaries, was unavailable Wednesday.

A database compiled in 2008 by the Journal News lists the McCarthy's salary as $132,985. Gross's salary was listed at $98,555. No information for Lee was found.

Mayor Ken Wray said the raises were to help the employees pay for health insurance.

Sleepy Hollow recently changed its policies on health insurance in May. Now all non-union employees making less than $75,000 are required to contribute 10 percent of their annual health insurance premiums. Non-union employees making more than $75,000 are required to contribute 12 percent.

“The reason for this increase is that those employees were hired and were not required to pay for their health insurance when they were first hired,” Wray said. “We've been changing that where we can and intend to change that for all village employees eventually—most of them through collective bargaining. They came on with the expectation that they were not going to have to pay for their health coverage and what this represents, what these increases represent, is the cost of their health insurance.”

Wray elaborated that the raise was fair since the village was changing a major component of their employment, and in effect the employees would be making less than they were before. He said this was a one-time raise to cover their health insurance costs and that if those costs rise in the future, they would be “absorbed by the employee.”

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