First, Mayor Harry. Mayor Harry makes $85,000. That seems fair and reasonable. Troy is large, upstate city and is quite difficult to govern. By all accounts, Mayor Harry works long hours. Plus, he goes to fires, plows snow and picks up garbage. I say he earns his $85,000.
But what about these folks:
Deputy Dan (Crawley) earns $75,000, just $10,000 less than Mayor Harry. Deputy Dan talks to the papers, writes some letters and picks up some garbage too. That's not particularly exacting work. I say it's worth $40,000 (a $35,000 savings).
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION
That's Jeff Buell, late of the Troy Record. Buell earns $39,140 for doing something that never needed to be done in the history of Troy. Mayor Pattison didn't need a "Deputy Director of Public Information". Why does Mayor Harry. Get rid of the position and save the good citizens of Troy $39,140 (look, I just saved the city $74,140).
That's Dave B. Mitchell, the mystery man from Ballston Spa. He makes $80,000. There's plenty of good attorneys who would do the job for $50,000. Also, those attorneys would have made sure that Don Shanley, easily the most valuable member of the Corporation Counsels Office, did not resign (I've saved the city $104,140).
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
That's Bob Mirch. He's been collecting public paychecks since the Hoover administration. Currently, he earns $75,000 for speeding around the city and stopping litterers in their tracks. Hell, he should be paying you. Lets face it, picking up garbage is a lot more difficult than supervising people that pick up garbage. Give Mirch $35,000, but let him keep the car.
That's a grand savings of $144,140 and I didn't even break a sweat.