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  • Legislators want state to cover DA raise

  • New York State sets the salary for the county district attorney, so Yates County Legislators say the state should help cover the cost of the raise.
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  • PENN YAN — Yates County Legislators are joining other upstate counties calling for New York State officials to reimburse counties for the cost of their District Attorney's salaries, retirement and social security costs in response to the state requirement that the DA's salary increase to $152,500 by 2014.
    At Monday's Yates County Legislature meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Tim Dennis (District II - Potter, Benton, Torrey), said, "We need to hold them (Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators) accountable."
    The salaries of full time district attorneys are tied to those of judges and justices in the Unified Court System of New York State. When the judges' salaries increase, the DA's does as well. The district attorney's current salary is $119,200, the highest salary paid by the county. The judge's salary is paid by the court system.
    Other business at Monday's regular legislature meeting included:
    • BUDGET TRANSFERS: Funds were transferred from several areas within the Sheriff's Department budget to cover the cost of wage increases that were negotiated earlier this year with the Deputy Sheriff's Association members and with Council 82 members. The DSA contract is effective Dec. 9 and the Council 82 contract is retroactive to Jan. 8.
    Other budget transfers were approved to cover expenses in the 2012 budget. Dennis commented, "The department heads and and Treasurer's Department are doing a tremendous job keeping us within the budget."
    Two of the transfers move $70,000 to pay for community college expenses.
    • JAIL AGREEMENT: The legislators authorized Chairman Taylor Fitch and Sheriff Ron Spike to sign an agreement with the Village of Penn Yan Police Department regarding the village lock-up in the Public Safety Building. Village arrestees are held in the lock up at no charge. However, the village pays the costs for medical attention, treatment and care as well as custodial costs.
    • REBATE: The legislators appropriated $14,985 in rebates from the purchase of four copiers.
    • CONTRACTS: The legislators approved several contracts with professionals.
    • PUBLIC HEARING: The legislators scheduled a public hearing on the addition of viable agricultural lands to the Yates Co. Agricultural Disrict for 1:05 p.m. Dec. 28.
    • YEAR-END MEETING: The legislators agreed to hold the year end meeting on Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.

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