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Town, highway chief in talks over pay

The North Collins Town Board and highway superintendent-elect David Winter are negotiating what Winter will be paid when he takes office Jan. 1.

Winter and Supervisor Thomas R. O'Boyle confirmed they met last weekend and agreed to raise Winter's salary.

The board, which includes the supervisor, had cut the salary for the position from $44,912 in its proposed budget to $24,912 after Winter was elected on Nov. 6.

Winter defeated Robert Martin Jr., who was appointed to the position by the board earlier in the year after the retirement of longtime highway superintendent Peter J. Loretto Jr. Martin left the board to take the position.

Winter said he met with O'Boyle and the town attorney on Sunday.

"They came to their senses and they're restoring my salary," Winter said. "They were very apologetic."

Winter said he didn't "want to fan the storm. I have to get along with him."

Supporters of Winter had been preparing to fill the audience for the next Town Board meeting on Dec. 5.

O'Boyle confirmed he met with Winter, but said the amount of money restored to the position was still under negotiation.

"I want [the Town Board] to talk to him, too. He needs to talk to all of them," said O'Boyle. "Where it's going to end up, I don't know."

O'Boyle said the salary level would be officially set when the board conducts its organizational meeting during its first meeting of the year.

The board also pulled $40,000 from the Highway Department's payroll budget and put it in a contingency account. O'Boyle said it would give the board the ability to use it for payroll or supplies, rather than just payroll.


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