Remember that time that Anthony Rottino, Rose Greenman, and their minions fabricated that the Hackensack Police received a 22% increase? Well don't count on it, cause it just ain't true (see: Hackensack Police got a 22% raise? Don't count on it!). Maybe they were all just making a stink because they were a little upset that (in their eyes) the PBA got 1% more than Councilman Battaglia's wife.... Yes, a Councilman's wife was arbitrarily awarded a staggering 21% raise (a 21% raise that no one else in her department received)... Yes, again, you read that right, 21% (see: Councilman's wife receives 21% raise)!
After HACKENSACK SCOOP released that story, there was public outcry. Former City Attorney and Municipal Prosecutor Richard Salkin dutifully led the crusade to reverse this outrageous, fiscally irresponsible, and arbitrary increase of salary. For months Salkin came to every meeting demanding not only answers, but a recision of the raise.
The City finally relented, well kind of. The city did not reverse the raise, instead they reduced Maria Helena Battaglia's salary by $4,000 (reducing her raise to 13%). They also charged her back the prorated portion of $4,000 that she had already received. Rather than admitting the raise was egregious, the City's position was that the salary for Battaglia's position was limited by ordinance, and the 21% raise pushed her salary beyond that cap.
Well, just as the smoke has settled and they thought no one was looking...... City Manager David Troast has authorized that Maria Helena Battaglia not only get back that $4,000, but is given a RETROACTIVE raise for the 2014 year.
While it is said that City Manager David Troast is advising all department heads to cut their budgets by 10% and rumors of layoffs and consolidations buzz the halls, he has authorized an arbitrary 21% raise (RETROACTIVE FOR A YEAR!) for a Councilman's wife!
Is Kathy "THE MONEY GIRL" Canestrino really watching the City pocketbook? Certainly she can't know about this. Right? Perhaps it slipped by because she was just too busy selling the city on why we need to spend $100,000 to LOOK INTO building "Estadio de Battaglia." Yes, we are spending $100,000 to talk about building an indoor soccer stadium (sorry, multi-purpose dome--four council members, a city manager, clerk, and attorney couldn't come up with the term "recreation"when voting on the resolution).
If I didn't know any better, this looks like nothing more than insider politics (with $110,000 of your tax dollars) to win over an estranged political ally, and his once so loyal vote.....