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Bergen Executive Donovan gives utility commissioners deadline to surrender benefits or quit

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT SCOOP: Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan this afternoon gave the Northwest Bergen Utilities Authority commissioners until Jan. 9 to either surrender their annual stipends and health benefits or resign.

At the same time, Donovan vetoed salary increases for non-union, non-contractor and fixed annual employees of the Bergen County Utilities Authority.

In her veto message Donovan wrote: “The County has repeatedly informed the BCUA that all such County employees shall not receive any wage increases during the economic crisis. All County Boards are adhering to this policy including the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority.”

Earlier, Donovan vetoed salary increases proposed by the Northwest Utilities Authority.

In individual letters to the NBCUA commissioners, she said:

“While I appreciate the job you do, public service is something you chose to do not for financial reward, but for the sense of accomplishment that comes from serving your fellow citizens.”

If the commissioners in any way accept the stipends and benefits, the executive said, “I will have no choice but to accept your resignation as a Commissioner.”

The NBCUA’s commissioners are the last in the county to continuing receiving the stipends and benefits. The BCUA abolished the practice a dozen years ago.

PREVIOUS STORY: County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan today vetoed pay raises for management employees at the Northwest Bergen Utilities Authority, as well as cash stipends and health benefits for its commissioners — then demanded they all quit. READ MORE….

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