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Union, state spar over DEC management jobs

November 24, 2010
By MIKE LYNCH, Enterprise Outdoors Writer

A union representing state Department of Environmental Conservation workers criticized Gov. David Paterson Monday for filling management positions at the DEC while eliminating rank-and-file jobs.

But DEC spokesman Yancey Roy told the Enterprise that the department hasn't added any workers, "no ifs, ands or buts.

"These people have not been added to the payroll," Roy wrote in an e-mail. "This list reflects people who were internally promoted."

The Civil Service Employees Association says documents it obtained using the Freedom of Information Law show that the DEC has filled 36 top-level management positions since July 1, despite the state hiring freeze and a continued push to lay off 900 workers statewide, including 134 from the DEC, before the end of the year. Eighteen of the DEC positions filled have a base salary in excess of $100,000 per year.

"It's a contradictory message," said CSEA spokesman Stephen Madarasz. "We wouldn't argue with the idea that probably a number of these positions might be substantive work that you need someone who is capable and qualified to be able to do it. But in the context of the governor saying we have to downsize, that he's filling so many high-level positions and high salaries while insisting that we have to proceed with layoffs for rank-and-file members, it's just outrageous."

State Division of Budget spokesman Erik Kriss said the positions filled were ones vacated by workers leaving through the early retirement incentive program. The DEC lost 260 workers this fall to early retirement.

"(CSEA is) wrong. DEC did not hire or add anybody," Kriss said. "All of these folks were promoted into positions that were vacated by people who took the early retirement incentive, and for every single one of those people that were promoted, their previous position or a previous position at the agency has been abolished. This whole matter that CSEA is describing to you is saving taxpayers money while at the same time ensuring that DEC has qualified, competent people in positions to manage and run the agency and make sure the programs and services that DEC's provides are delivered."

In response to the CSEA attack, the governor's office released a statement defending itself.

"CSEA leadership is once again trying to distract from the fact that they were unwilling to negotiate with this administration to achieve workforce savings required by this budget and avoid state worker layoffs," Paterson's spokeswoman Jessica Bassett said in a press release. "Governor Paterson proposed a number of methods for achieving workforce savings this year, and the unions rejected every single one of them while failing to provide realistic savings alternatives."

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High-level DEC positions filled since July 1:
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PersonPositionSalary
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Iwanowicz, Peter M.Deputy Commr$150,000
Nasca, Jack A.Dir Env Permits$120,135
Flint, Steven E.Assnt Envirnl P Dir$120,135
Schick, RobertAssnt Envirnl P Dir$120,135
Myers, JeffreyEnvirnl Engineer 4$114,961
Pettit, PeterEnvirnl Engineer 4$106,903
Cozzy, Robert J.Envirnl Engineer 4$106,903
Phaneuf, Robert J.Envirnl Engineer 4$106,903
Eaton, Angus K.Envirnl Engineer 4$106,903
Ferguson, JohnEnvirnl Analyst 4$106,903
Menrath, ScottEnvirnl Engineer 4$105,559
Sitzman, LarryEnvirnl Engineer 4$105,559
Tang, KoonEnvirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Brezner, Kenneth B.Envirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Ryan, Michael J.Envirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Vitale, DavidEnvirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Rudolph, ThomasEnvirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Cruden, Michael J.Envirnl Engineer 4$104,215
Hulbert, Philip J.Biologist 4 Aquatic$98,791
Briggs, Peter S.Mineral Resrcs Spc 5$97,909
Batcheller, Gordon R.Biologist 4 Wildlife$97,447
Dowd, Christina T.Biologist 4 Ecology$97,447
Messenger, RobertForester 4$96,103
Cadrette, Mark W.Agency Labr Rel Rep 4$93,837
Perkins, Matthew A.Assnt Dir Div Opers$93,463
Matteson, Benjamin K.Real Estate Offr 2$92,565
Zeglen, Joseph J.Dir Forest Rngr Svs$91,096
Hurst, Stephen S.Biologist 4 Aquatic$84,318
Evans, HaroldAssnt Dir Comctn & Ed$82,363
Mcenaney, James T. Jr.Consrvn Opers Supvr 4$79,759
Sproul, Peter M.Consrvn Opers Supvr 4$78,415
Lyng, Patrick N.Consrvn Opers Supvr 4$66,914
Montross, Sherri M.Assoc Persnl Admr$61,993
Burrows, John M.Assoc Persnl Admr$61,993
Rowinski, Andrew D.Assoc Budgetg Anlst$61,993
Schweitzer, Shaymus R.Assoc Budgetg Anlst$61,993

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Contact Mike Lynch at 518-891-2600 ext. 28 or mlynch@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.

 
 

 

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