The City of Cohoes' new budget could come with big raise for its mayor. There was a budget workshop Tuesday night in the Spindle City to talk about the spending plan and the proposed pay hike. Erin Vannella has the details.
COHOES, N.Y. -- "I know we can make it work, I mean, my wife works, I'd just be happy with more. She'll have to work more overtime," said Cohoes Mayor George Primeau.
Primeau made his case to make more money.
"I agreed to do this for $35,000, so my family has been supporting me with their business, which is Primeau's Auto Body. So all three of my sons, are offsetting my salary. It's hard for me and my wife to live. I can't expect them to do that forever," said Primeau.
In 2000, Mayor McDonald took a $20,000 pay cut. Primeau now wants that back, plus more.
"We are $30,000 from hitting our goal, if the mayor's salary is part of that, you know, that's fine," said Primeau.
Some people at Tuesday's budget meeting say there should be no 'if' about it.
"My name is John Ayott, A-Y-O-T-T, and I am here to find out what's going on," he said.
Still others agree with the mayor, and believe his salary doesn't match his responsibilities.
"I think there's some savings that could still be found in the budget. It's a tough job, and there's a lot of responsibilities, and so far, the mayor's been doing a great job," said Cohoes Police Chief Bill Heslin.
"Actually, the people who sweep the floors in city hall make a whole lot more than I do," said Primeau.
No one actually spoke out about the salary proposal in the meeting. The budget, with the pay raise, now sits with the council to approve.