Day To Start Collecting Back Pay From Sewer Commisioners

County Executive Ed Day has started the process to collect money that was disbursed to county officials as members of the Rockland County Sewer District 1 which they may not be entitled to under county law. Day had asked the Legislature to pass a resolution to collect payments earlier this year however not acted upon, forced him to order county attorney Thomas Humbach and Commissioner of Finance Stephen DeGroat to begin collecting themselves. Some members of the Legislature see the move as a political attack against the Democrat-controlled legislative body however Day’s director of public policy Stephen Powers denied any political motivation pointing out the presence of Republicans among the targeted officials. “We’re not going after them because they’re Democrats, we’re going after them because they received money.” Non-elected officials are lawfully entitled to salaries. Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack issued a check for $24,982 and is the only sewer commissioner to initiate back pay, however may not be accepted by Day because it came with preconditions.

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