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Aug 20, 2019 4:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton Town Board Approves $188,000 Payout For Former Planning Director

Aug 20, 2019 4:57 PM

The East Hampton Town Board last week approved a payout of $188,000 for unused vacation and sick time for former Planning Director Marguerite Wolffsohn, who retired last month.

Ms. Wolffsohn had worked in the town’s Planning Department for 31 years. When she retired on August 31, she had accrued 1,155 hours of unused vacation time — about 145 eight-hour work days — and 2,641 hours of sick time. The payouts calculate to about $48 per hour of unused time off.

Municipal contracts have long commanded that any allocated sick and vacation days not used at the end of a year be rolled over and “banked” in perpetuity and paid out at the commensurate salary if they are still unused when the employee retires.

“Marguerite Wolffsohn was an incredibly dedicated employee of the town and rarely took a vacation or missed a day at work,” Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc said of the payout. “This payout is evidence that she was, well, she was on the job almost continuously for 31 years. She earned it.”

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Insanity when you have unions in government.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Aug 21, 19 1:38 PM
"Incredibly dedicated...rarely took vacation...Rarely missed a day of work". What the Supervisor doesnt realize is that it isnt emolyee healthy to not take vacation. That is why most put "use it or lose it ' policies in place. Unused vacation and sick-time are not meant to be a surogate for pension. Different benefit and different rationale. The disappointment is that Van Scoyac, once again, cant see the forest
for the trees.
By pluff (60), East Hampton on Aug 22, 19 8:24 AM
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I spoke with a town employee today to see if there are any restrictions on how much vacation or sick time you can accumulate and get paid for when you retire. I was told that restrictions were put into the employee union contract under Larry Cantwell and that the first ever contract with department leaders under Cantwell also has caps for vacation time pay offs at retirement. I was also informed that the restrictions were never achieved under any previous administration and they are being grandfathered ...more
By fusioncontusion (13), East Hampton on Aug 22, 19 5:37 PM
You can't tell me all those days are legal. Sick days are for being SICK, not to be paid. Vacation, used or lost...
How about the times left early??????????????
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 23, 19 7:19 PM
FusionConfusion promotes collusion through delusion. Sick days are orovided if you are truly sick, usually a doctors note required, not as added remuneration. Vacation is for emplyee wellness. Management should insist thas it be used. Without appropriate time away, employees are not as productive.Fusion's camillion like comments are intended to protect their own payouts should that day ever come.
By pluff (60), East Hampton on Aug 25, 19 10:37 AM
So Pluff must agree with Cantwell's and VanScoyoc's efforts to put caps on how much leave employees can accumulate and be paid for at retirement. Something that was ignored by previous administrations in contract settlements. My friend reminded me that some of the largest payouts happened in 2010 and 2011 when a number of long term employees and managers retired. Pluff must not be that familiar with the history of the Town.
By fusioncontusion (13), East Hampton on Aug 25, 19 2:14 PM
I obviously dont know Town history as well as Fusion and his Town friendds do; but, If Wolfsohn was grabdfathered, wouldnt changes in those previous years also grandfather the 2010 and 2011 exiting class. And were those not the years that seperation packages were prpared to encourage less painful downsizing of the workforce. And were those not the years that the Town set the foundation for the comeback from close to a $30 million defcit. And didnt NYS recognize the Town as a model for others ...more
By pluff (60), East Hampton on Aug 25, 19 5:31 PM
Pluff.....I was told that the caps were put in place by Cantwell and VanScoyoc in labor contracts that were put in place during their administrations. I don't believe Cantwell even took office until 2014, so how could the caps he put in place apply to people who left in 2010 and 2011? You said VanScoyoc can't see the forest for the trees because employees can leave and get paid for a lot of leave. You seemed to say the current administration doesn't get the need to curb indefinite leave accumulation. ...more
By fusioncontusion (13), East Hampton on Aug 25, 19 8:16 PM