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Breaking Down The Highest-Paid Administrators In The Proposed 2018 Southampton Town Budget

Oct 10, 2017 7:10 PM

Southampton Town’s newest administrator is also its highest-compensated.

Police Chief Steven Skrynecki, who began his full-time post on May 1, is slated to be paid $189,573 plus benefits next year under the 2018 budget proposed by Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. That includes a raise of nearly 2 percent, or $3,717, from his starting salary this year, plus a benefits package that the town values at another $73,714.

Not only is Chief Skrynecki the highest-paid employee in the town, he makes $41,157, or nearly 28 percent, more than the next-highest-paid town employee, Town Comptroller Leonard Marchese.

Mr. Marchese, who helped Mr. Schneiderman prepare the proposed budget, has held his position since 2012, when he was appointed at a salary of $117,300. That has risen to $148,416 in the proposed budget for 2018. He also is slated to collect a $59,209 benefits package, according to the proposed budget.

Tied for the third-highest salary in the town are Town Planner Kyle Collins and Town Attorney James Burke, each of whom would make $138,010 per year, plus benefits, under the proposed budget.

Next on the list is Russell Kratoville, the town’s management services administrator, and Town Engineer Christine Fetten, who each will earn $131,059, plus benefits, if the budget is adopted as currently drafted.

Beyond salary, compensation packages vary from employee to employee, Mr. Kratoville explained, and the numbers attached for budgeting are estimates based on the prior year’s spending. The packages can include health, vision and dental insurance, and could additionally include contributions to retirement plans.

Mr. Schneiderman explained in a recent interview that most of the salary bumps in his budget are part of pre-negotiated contracts.

The supervisor has budgeted a salary of $117,147 for himself in the new budget—an increase of nearly $9,000, or 8 percent, over the current year. He has said the Town Board, during budget discussions, can choose to reduce or eliminate the raise.

Mr. Schneiderman added that he doesn’t take health insurance benefits from the town, though his overall benefits package totals $27,656 in the proposed budget, which is actually down slightly from the current year.

The Town Board will have a chance to review and revise the budget before a final spending plan is approved in November.

The largest salary increase in the proposed 2018 budget appears to be a 52-percent bump for Deputy Town Supervisor Frank Zappone, who was appointed to his position in 2009—he started the same day as former Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

The deputy supervisor position has been unpaid at times in the past, when members of the Town Board or other town officials held the largely ceremonial post. But it also has been a paid administrative post under various administrations.

Ms. Throne-Holst turned the unpaid title into a paid position when Mr. Zappone was appointed in 2009. He was given a salary of $30,000: Because Mr. Zappone is a retired school administrator and is collecting a state pension, he wasn’t allowed to earn more than $30,000 per year when he was hired at age 63. His salary stayed at that level through 2016—but by then Mr. Zappone had passed the age of 65, at which point state law lifts the limit on salary restrictions for pensioners. He is paid $50,000 this year, and under the proposed budget would earn $76,500 in 2018.

Aside from administrators, the highest salaries in the town are earned in the town’s police department. Each of the seven police detectives are slated to make $132,420.09 per year in 2018, a raise of $2,596.47, or nearly 2 percent, from the current year.

Police officers in the department are expected to make anywhere from $59,546 to $121,330 per year.

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8% raise? Two percent is the common raise these days. If jay get 8, everyone should want it. Deputy super agreed to his wage, 2% is fair. All are double dipping and receive benefits from their previous jobs. These employees agree to get in and cry later.
These supers are salaried and well compensated.
By knitter (837), Southampton on Oct 11, 17 2:27 PM
75k to a retired school administrator double dipping.Russell kratosville 132k plus benefits for a Republican plant and former luncheonette owner. Serve yourself not your community.
By chief1 (2311), southampton on Oct 11, 17 8:14 PM
Top paid are all men, with the exception of one female. Hmmm!!
By lbeeti (6), Southampton on Oct 12, 17 4:09 PM
Try harder. Problem solved.
By SlimeAlive (585), Southampton on Oct 12, 17 4:42 PM
Supervisor Schneidierman is proposing a $99 million budget which represents a $5 million increase over 2017 which was $4 million over 2016. The administration "spun" those numbers as a ratio over increased property values to come up with the "tax rate" as if we are idiots. Let's show Mr. Schneiderman and his administration that we are not idiots and vote him out of office. Councilperson Lofstad and Bouvier just "rubber stamped" Mr. Schniderman's proposal last year while Councilperson Scalera ...more
By HB Proud (688), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 17 4:33 AM