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Board of Supervisors assert CSEA agreement

The Madison County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday Oct. 13 for the regular monthly board meeting. Among 41 resolutions discussed during the meeting, the supervisors tabled a resolution regarding the authorization of the chairman of the board to enter into an agreement for the CSEA White Collar Unit.

The resolution, ninth on the agenda, read as the following: Whereas, the legislature of the State of New York enacted Article 14 of the Civil Service Law, which is known as the Taylor Law, and whereas, pursuant to Section 202 of the Civil Service Law, employees in the White Collar Unit are represented by the Civil Service Employees Association, Inc.; and whereas, the Board of Supervisors has recognized said employee organization for the purpose of negotiation collectively in accordance with Section 204 of the Civil Service Law, now, therefore be it resolved, that the chairman of the Board of Supervisors be and hereby is authorized and empowered to enter into the negotiated agreement with the CSEA White Collar Unit for the period Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2010.

The resolution was pending board approval, which it received with 1,141 votes and was then carried per Board of Supervisors Chairman John Becker's instruction. The following board members voted against the resolution with a total of 359 votes: town of Fenner Supervisor Russell Cary, town of Brookfield Supervisor John Salka, town of Hamilton Supervisor Walter Jaquay, town of Lebanon Supervisor Jim Goldstein and Oneida Representative Scott A. Henderson of Wards 1, 2 and 3.

The resolution didn't carry without discussion; however, there were several board members who felt they couldn't vote "no," although they wanted to do so.

In particular, town of Lenox Supervisor Rocky DiVeronica, who voted "yes" on the resolution, said he wanted to see this agreement's budget cut down so that it benefitted taxpayers fully. After the meeting and later in the day, DiVeronica told the Madison County Eagle that he hopes the county can "find other ways of being able to reduce costs."

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