His opponent, Carmella Mantello, did not hesitate staking out a position. In a Troy Record article (October 31, 2011) Mantello made her position clear:
While Democrat mayoral candidate Lou Rosamilia says he will stop teaching at Hudson Valley Community College and forego his publicly funded salary if elected, Republican challenger Carmella Mantello announced no employee in her administration will be able to draw more than one taxpayer-funded paycheck.
Rosamilia applied for an unpaid leave of absence from the local community college in the first few weeks of the fall semester and the request was granted at the college's board of trustees meeting on Oct. 25.
Then, according to a letter to Rosamilia from the college, he would need to notify the school by April 1, 2012 if he plans to return to active employment at the end of that semester.
The announcement of this plan of action comes on the same day that Mantello released a statement that, if she is elected, she would not permit any appointed city employees to receive more than one taxpayer-funded paycheck, including government funded pensions.
Mantello's reasoning was sound:
In these challenging economic times, with so many families struggling to make ends meet, it is only right that public servants draw only one taxpayer funded paycheck," she said, noting that Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, suspended his U.S. Army pension while he is serving in Congress.
"I call on my opponent to join with me and pledge to the people of Troy that double dipping will not be tolerated in City Hall."
Question: Does this still apply? Has Mantello evolved on this issue? Does it apply to those hired by the City Council?
If you can name the double-dipper (under Mantello's definition), win a years subscription to the Troy Polloi.
WATER MAIN POOL
This week's pool winner was Ed Dinwiddie, who selected People's Avenue in the Water Main Break Pool. The next drawing will be on Friday. Remember, you have to play to win. We got dibs on lower Congress Street.