Unionized Public Employee Outrage of the Day
The award goes to Sgt. William Rinaldi of the Yonkers, NY police department for taking home over $300,000 in compensation in 2010.
During a budget crisis last year that left uncollected garbage on streets, a retiring police sergeant surpassed the $300,000 compensation mark.That milestone came as austerity measures shrank the city’s municipal payroll almost $7 million and total number of employees by more than 500 to 2,797 last year. Cost-cutting also led the city into a disastrous once-a-week garbage collection schedule that had to be abandoned midsummer after accumulating trash caused resident outrage.
That belt tightening didn’t prevent retired police Sgt. William A. Rinaldi from becoming the city’s highest-paid official last year, with $302,262.11 in total compensation — $130,667 of it in overtime.
By racking up $130K in overtime pay just before retirement, on top of $106K in salary, Sgt. Rinaldi appears to be the grand master of pension padding, an all-time champion of gaming the corrupt system.
What struck me, since this story relates to my neck of the woods, is the tidbit that it takes $919 million to run Yonkers. Wow! Yonkers ain’t all that big, and frankly, it’s a dump…where does close to $1 billion go? Seems like it goes to a small army of folks like Sgt. William Rinaldi.Tags: Public Employee Unions