The Grand Island Town Board voted 3 to 2 Monday to give upgrades to three full-time and two part-time workers in the Town Clerk's Office, their first promotional increase in 14 years.
Democratic Supervisor Nathan McMurray and Councilor Beverly Kinney voted against the motion while two new Republican members, Jennifer Baney and Peter Marston, as well as Republican Councilman Michael Madigan, approved the jump, which is about $1 per hour for part-time workers and 38 cents per hour for full-time clerks, according to Town Clerk Patricia Frentzel. Clerks in this department are currently paid between $19 to $24 per hour.
McMurray said he was concerned the raises could affect union negotiations in other departments.
McMurray also questioned whether the three Republicans met on the matter prior to the meeting. Madigan said it was a "well thought-out plan" and said raises were included in the 2018 budget.
Frentzel proposed the raises for her appointed staff, but was not included in the motion for a salary upgrade.