A cut in salary worries Colonie Historian

"We would have to look at what the [Pruyn House's] mission statement to see if the guidelines would even allow it," she said.

There are still some who disagree with this plan and feel the town should continue to pay Franklin his current salary. In a letter to Mahan date Nov. 17, APHNYS President Carol McKenna said she understood the pressure the town faces with its budget, but stressed the importance of the role Franklin plays as the town historian.

"Mr. Franklin is a trained, dedicated professional and should be compensated as such and not treated as a volunteer," she writes. "It is unfortunate that he is not a member of a union, as I understand other town employees are seeing a 3.25 percent increase in pay in 2011."

She then alleges that the town took the money they cut from Franklin's salary and moved it into the salaries for part-time staff at the Pruyn House, increasing their budget from $32,280 to $49,100, which Mahan said is not true.

"You further allege that you have reduced the budget," McKenna writes. "Anyone with a modicum of intelligence can see that you have moved the monies from the own Historian line to the Pruyn House line in the budget."

Dustin said asking the Pruyn House to supplement Franklin's salary isn't the best idea during these economic times.

"I'm not a liaison to the Pruyn House, but I'm told that they already reimburse the town for some salaries," he said, "and moving the burden of additional salaries to a non-profit, even during this economic climate, is hard."

Franklin hopes that everything will work out for him, adding that he loves his job and that he hopes the office will remain as busy as it is.

"At this point, everything is still up in the air," he said. "People are reviewing the proposal and hopefully something will gel.""

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