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Public has say on raise

According to Town Attorney Gerard Parisi though, the call for a public hearing is standard legal procedure after the preliminary budget has been set.

"Since the salary is set in the preliminary budget, it can only be changed through the passage of a local law," said Parisi, referring to the provision of Rotterdam town law.

Both Godlewski and board member Diane Marco will leave the board at the end of the year. Marco, who served on the board for eight years, voted in favor of the raise.

Michael Della Villa and John Silva will take their places on the board in January, and the two new board members might be welcomed with a pay raise. Parisi said that the law could be passed at the close of the public hearing on New Year's Day, though it wouldn't take effect for 45 days.

The $20,000 budgeted for the increase would be provided through fines, forfeited bail, ticket fees and other revenue from the justice courts, said Mertz.

Tommasone could not be reached for comment.""

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