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Tweaked Mayoral Salary Ordinance Introduced

Any full-time employment will now bring mayoral salary down to $15K

A tweaked version of a mayoral salary ordinance favored by Council President John Ducey was introduced Tuesday night.

The ordinance, passed unanimously by the council on first reading, calls for the  $52,000 mayoral salary to be reduced to $15,000 if the mayor is employed full-time, defined as 35 hours or more, per week.

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A PDF copy of the ordinance is available by clicking on the link to your right
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Previously, Ducey that would reduce the mayoral salary only if the mayor had a salaried, public position. The revised version calls for a salary reduction regardless of whether a mayor's other job is in the public or private sectors.

"It's going to be part time pay for part time work," Ducey said.

"I like this one better than the one we had last week," said Councilman Domenick Brando, referring to the original version of Ducey's proposal.

Debate over the mayor's salary flared up after Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis took a full-time job as director of the Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority in 2010, where he earns $93,000 per year. After four Democrats won a majority on the township council after making the mayor's two jobs – the TRMUA position and the salaried mayor's position in Brick – , Acropolis said he would and proposed an ordinance making the $1 salary permanent.

But in a prepared statement sent to Brick Patch after Tuesday's meeting, Democrats called the mayor's offer "political grandstanding" and said if Republicans had won in November, Acropolis would have kept his full salary. But during the meeting, Acropolis said he will reduce his salary to $1 no matter what a salary ordinance provides he gets paid.

"No matter what the council sets, I will not take that money," Acropolis said. "I am signing my check back over to the municipality. When I get my check, I'm signing it, and I'm having that money go back over to the municipality to the general fund."

But council members saw things differently.

"Compensation should be based on law, not on the whim of the mayor," said Councilman Bob Moore. "That's why we are passing an ordinance that will apply to everyone."

The ordinance will come up for a second reading and final passage into law at the next regular council meeting, scheduled for Jan. 24. There will be a public hearing on the ordinance before the council votes on its passage.

Billythekid January 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
This is absolute craparama. Mr Ducey in my opinion should have included his legal mumbo jumbo THEN said however, I will be taking the benefits from the township. Then this liar would have at least looked half was decent. At least he should have said that he would take them, come on this is bull.
Greenbriar1 January 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
First of all kudo's to the three that did refuse the health benefits.They plain and simple said they would not take them and stuck by that. Unlike Ducey, who doubletalked in legalese, to make sure the layman had no clue. He should be recalled just for the reason he did not speak plain and simple. He is same old , same old. I am sure his mentor is Starkey the nemisis of Gilmore. He lied, plain and simple. He will never get elected again.
Denny D January 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
10 days and done? LOL
knarfie January 11, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Set the mayor's salary at a fixed amount and e done with it. Who is to determine what a "full time" job is? The mayor's gang did not lose because of salary or benefits issue. They lost for the same reason the other three and the mayor will lose. People were fed up with all the "jobs", arrogance, and the worst mayor the town has ever had in recollection. This is all smoke and mirrors by a losing group. The new people did not get elected because they were so impressive, but because the voters wanted this gang out.
coolhandluke January 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
So it looks like Ducey landed in a dukie pile with his taking benefits. I wonder if the other three stooges will take the money for not taking benefits? I knew he was crisscrossing his words when he used the legal bulloney. He thinks he may have fooled us, but he will never get our vote again.
frances January 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Our governing body needs to introduce and pass a clear odinance that would reduce compensation for the position of Mayor and Council and end all other benefits entirely. AS CITIZENS, I hope we get to review all the proposals. Maybe the proposals could be listed on patch (six proposals if memory serves.) for the public to review. Just a suggestion.
coolhandluke January 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Yes I agree. This Ducey guy split his words and fooled me. The other three, we will see.
frances January 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The tweaked version of the ordinance which passed first reading is flawed on so many levels.
Denny D January 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
All I know is if I were beaten by the THREE STOOGES I would be mortified!! Nyuk nyuk nyuk! Woo woo woo woo! Soytanly!
frances January 12, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Agreed, the language as written in this ordinance is not in the public's best interest. It speaks volumes and reveals much. Given that an ordinance could be introduced whereby eliminating benefits entirely, it is remarkable that such time and energy is spent skirting the real issues here in Brick Township. There is no teeth in this ordinance and the loopeholes run rampant.
John C January 12, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Fair? OK if I get elected Mayor I am going to work 34 hours a week at my private job so that i can collect the $54,000 Mayor's salary. Who is going to police the mayors private sector time card??? Just create a resolution with ONE salary for the mayors position....period stop the political grandstanding.
John C January 12, 2012 at 02:58 AM
One additional fact it was said at the meeting that Mr Ducey's father or father in law use to be a partner at Mr Starkey's law firm?? Interesting it appears we know who is working behind the scenes here now don't we?
John C January 12, 2012 at 03:01 AM
well Luke you know who the Dem candidate for mayor is going to be don't you? Mr Ducey. Let the 2 year campaign begin. The whole not letting the mayor speak at meetings is the beginning of his tough guy campain for 2013.
John C January 12, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Greenbriar1 see my comment below, I heard that his father or father in law use to be a partner in Mr Starkey's law firm.
John C January 12, 2012 at 03:06 AM
It is more than likely that Mr Ducey plans to run for mayor in 2013.
knarfie January 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
John c You mention Starkey as if no one is smart is smart enough to realize Gilmore is the grand puppeteer of Ocean County. Don't insult people with your inane comments.
Kevin Patrick January 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM
John C...I'll take Charley Starkey "working behind the scenes" over Alan Cartine anyday! By the way John Catalano, you lost, get over it.
John C January 13, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Sorry Kevin Patrick I am not John Catalano, and instead of attacking and trying to silence me with insults why don't you just address the facts?
John C January 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM
And Starkey is not a Democrat puppeteer in Ocean County or Brick c'mon now
John C January 13, 2012 at 05:52 AM
wonder how the fence is
knarfie January 13, 2012 at 01:11 PM
I don't deny Starkey is not a force for the Dems , but why do you criticize him for doing the same thing Gilmore does, but on a much larger scale?
knarfie January 13, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Ask Toth and Brando. They are no longer straddling it, they are over.
John C January 13, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Not criticizing Starkey at all, I am pointing aout the fact that Council President Ducey is a connected politician, President of the Democrat Club with visions of a future political career, not some white knight on a horse that is going to save Brick from the imaginary bogeymen.
John C January 13, 2012 at 04:24 PM
start digging around about local rumors and stories and you will know which fence I am referring too. Fits right in under the topic Hudson County Public Works employees with HCPW equipment performing maintenance on politicians shore homes.
paul b January 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Duped by Ducey, Duplicit Ducey. Makes me feel as if my vote meant nothing. It doesn't feel good. I took the time to read the information on the newly elected candidates; and I can tell you, I didn't see this coming.
captainJ January 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM
As mentioned earlier,This ordnance is all wrong and really has no teeth. Plain and simple.........the tax payers are concerned with all double dippers in the public coffers. The ordnance should read " the Mayoral position is part time a, and there for the salary of $$$$ is a part time salary, and is not eligible for pension and/or medical benefits, or the stipend for those non-benefits.) Lets stop playing games and take care of the Township's business and "US TAX PAYERS"
captainJ January 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM
As mentioned earlier,This ordnance is all wrong and really has no teeth. Plain and simple.........the tax payers are concerned with all double dippers in the public coffers. The ordnance should read " the Mayoral position is part time a, and there for the salary of $$$$ is a part time salary, and is not eligible for pension and/or medical benefits, or the stipend for those non-benefits.) Lets stop playing games and take care of the Township's business and "US TAX PAYERS"
captainJ January 18, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If the Mayor receives any salary........and signs it all back to the township except $1.00, 1. The township pays into the pension system for his entire salary. 2. He gets the complete pension credit for the entire salary. 3. He gets charged taxes on the full amount and then claims a large deduction for sighing back all but one dollar of the salary to the Township. Typical of Steve...all smoke n mirrors BS, Wheres the fork? Pension wise it probably wouldn't matter if Steve retires within 3 years of the salary change, ( or within 1 year if he is a military Veteran). The pension is paid for the highest year salary in his last 3 years, less he is a Veteran, then it's his last year.
knarfie January 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Keep it simple. It's a part time job. Scarpelli feathered his nest with his all Dem council to give himself a 400% raise. Even with that he didn"t have enough as history proved. Set it at $12,000-$15,000 and let it be.
paul b January 20, 2012 at 05:30 PM
This ordinance, as drafted, should be voted down. Keep it SIMPLE. Politicians always want to complicate matters, public servants would keep it SIMPLE. I echo the sentiment from numerous other Bloggers, Set it at a fixed number. Clearly, $15,000 would be sufficient. Again, when I voted for the newly elected Council members, I thought this is what they had in mind.

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