Thursday, December 8, 2011
Johnny generous to employees
From the Daily News:
Embattled City Controller John Liu has quietly doled out pay raises of anywhere from 3% to 8% to 126 employees in his office — a move that surprised some in his inner circle.
Liu, whose fund-raising for the 2013 mayoral race is being probed by the feds, told his closest confidants about his generosity Wednesday morning — leading government watchdogs to question his decision to give discretionary raises in tough financial times.
“Though possibly deserving, the timing is a little off,” said Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizens Union. “You can’t afford to have another discussion about discretionary money when questions about his campaign fund-raising are going on.”
The just-in-time-for-the-holidays pay hikes, handed out by his office on Nov. 28, mark a sharp deviation from the city’s regimented bargaining process — and are not the first time in recent years that most of the workers have gotten a bump.