Schenectady County passes retirement incentive

"We've already reduced the size of county government by 250 positions over the past six years through attrition, and that provided substantial savings," said Savage.

Kathleen Rooney, manager for the county, chose the targeted positions and presented them to the board, said Savage.

"People don't have to take this; it is an incentive," said McQueen.

Deborah Mancini, acting commissioner of finance for the county, prepared a five-year cost analysis for the proposal, which said if all 32 employees took the incentive, the county would save $7.1 million. If only 33 percent of the employees took the incentive, the county would save $2.4 million. Also, there would be a savings of $460,000 in 2011 if only 33 percent participated in the program.

Jim Buhrmaster was the only legislator, among the nine present during the special session, who voted against the retirement incentive.

"They can say what they want, because the leadership is the majority, but I believe they have targeted employees," said Buhrmaster, R-Glenville. "Some of the small departments proportionately had a lot of people targeted."

Buhrmaster did say that if someone is going to retire then let them retire and don't pay out money to the state retirement system.

Savage said there were no political motives involved in targeting the positions.""

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