Health Benefits For Endicott Trustees

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 4, 2006 at 3:01 PM EDT

Village of Endicott trustees are receiving a "sweetheart of a deal" when it comes to benefits according to Mayor Joan Hickey Pulse.
But, not all the trustees agree with her.
"I certainly do feel like it's a hand out absolutely," says Pulse.
Mayor Pulse is referring to the health benefits that the village trustees are now receiving.
5 out of the 6 village trustees use the family plan of the health benefits.
Trustee Joseph Conti and Mayor Pulse do not.
Under the plan, the trustees are considered part time employees, putting in 19 hours per week.
Something that Mayor Pulse says she isn't so sure is happening.
"I dare say there isn't any trustee that spends 19 hours a week on their job, like a part time employee for the village," says Pulse.
Regardless, the trustees are covered, and they receive benefits almost at the same level as a full time employee.
Here's how it breaks down.
For family insurance, it costs the Village of Endicott 13 thousand 708 dollars.
A part time employee pays more than 68 hundred out of pocket, while a person working 40 hours or more a week for the village, pays a thousand out of pocket.
A trustee pays only 500 dollars more.
And to cover the insurance benefits for the 5 trustees is costing the village nearly 69 thousand dollars a year.
Money that Mayor Pulse says could go to road maintenance or pay for a new boiler in the fire station.
"I'm hoping they'll discontinue the insurance for the trustees. With the crunch, its all over the country, the insurance costs are escalating for every municipality," says Pulse.

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