Sanitary district problems deeper than Sandy
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One woman with “close ties to the sanitary district” and who asked not to be identified because of a fear of retribution said this week, “not only have things not changed, but they have gotten worse.” She charged that workers have not received a new contract or raises in three years, while supervisors such as Scarlata continue to receive raises and that the union that represents the workers, Local 854 of the Teamsters Union, has done nothing to help the workers.
“Men who have worked for decades for the district and who work 28 to 35 hours a week earn $35,000 a year,” she said. “They get no breaks during the day and have to work in stifling hot trucks because the supervisors took the air conditioners out of the trucks to save money on fuel, while the supervisors all got new, air-conditions pick-up trucks. At the same time, Scarlata earns “a six-figure salary” and foreman earn nearly $100,000.”
After attempting for a week to speak with Jerome Cline, the district’s attorney, the Herald filed a freedom of information request seeking a copy of the district’s budget, a list of commissioners and copies of all consultant contracts that the district has with outsider, On Thursday, July 11, Cline did fax a two-page budget summary and the names of the five commissioners to the Herald. The sanitary district serves 13,000 households in Oceanside and small portions of Baldwin and East Rockaway. It also serves 950 commercial businesses and has an annual budget of about $8.65 million.
Sanitary Board members are paid $7,500 a year and receive medical benefits, according to Hempstead Town officials. The average homeowner pays about $600 in district taxes.