PELHAM, N.Y. The Town of Pelham and the Village of Pelham both employ several workers who earn separate salaries. That system has displeased at least one Pelham resident.
David Katz, executive chef at the Depot Market and vice president of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce, said the split government has contributed to some problems in the area.
"It's ridiculous that the town is divided in the first place," Katz said. "The deficit wouldn't be as big...People are getting paid to do nothing."
The top 10 salaried employees of the Town of Pelham make more than $550,000 per year combined. Assessor Michele Casandra is the top earner at $89,498 annually. Guidance Director Cheryl Bobe comes in second at $81,000.
Library Director Patricia Perito is third at $72,436 per year. Interim recreation supervisor Fred Fiorito ranks fourth at $57,000. Guidance counselors Desiree Jordan and Rose Marie Martinez are fifth and sixth at $56,484 and $56,067, respectively.
Bookkeeper and assistant to the town supervisor Ruthann DeSimone ranks seventh with an annual salary of $55,560. Full-time librarians Lillian Hecker and Claudia Gisolfi come in eighth and ninth at $48,170 and $46,350, respectively.
Court Clerk Patricia Tobin rounds out the top 10 at $45,990.
The top 10 salaries for the Town of Pelham are lower than the top 10 for the Village of Pelham , though Katz said that is not a shocking fact.
"I'm not surprised by the results," Katz said. "I just shake my head at it."
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