The Orangetown Council tabled the decision once in August, but voted 4-1 during Monday's meeting to re-appoint Brian Kenney for a fourth six-year term as town tax assessor.
Paul Valentine was the lone no vote. He said during a meeting in August that he thought the town should at least hear from other qualified candidates, though he praised the work Kenney has done for the town.
There have been speakers in support of Kenney at previous meetings, but two residents argued against the re-apppointment Monday night. Both questioned if Kenney spent enough time on the job. Andrew Wiley of Pearl River called for the town boar to wait for more information before making the decision.
"How is he working 35 hours a week in town." Wiley said. "I ask you to consider making this a part-time position, In my opinion, he's already working part time."
Councilman Tom Diviny confirmed that the resolution is for 35 hours per week and Kenny must keep office hours and maintain a log.
The board approved a $111,787 annual salary for Kenney, who has worked for the town for 18 years.
Kenney was included with other town employees who will receive cost of living increases equivalent to pay raises built into the town's new contract with the CSEA,. This applies to managers not included in the contract, but does not include elected officials
"We don't want management to go year after year with no cost of living increase." Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said. .
One item on Monday's agenda the board did not discuss was the Request for Proposals for private management to take over Broadacres Golf Course. Councilmen Diviny and Valentine met with one candidate last week, but they said the discussion was pushed back in large part because they have not had the opportunity to discuss it with the full board.
Editor's note: Check back with Patch for more from Monday's meeting.