Mayor James Sottile is looking for annual raises for the office of Mayor, Alderman at Large and for rank and file Aldermen. The raises, if approved will coincide with Kingston's local CSEA contract. Which means that if the CSEA approves a contract that calls for a three percent increase for three years, than the Mayor, Council President and the aldermen would get the same raise.
I do not have a problem with a reasonable cost of living raise for the office of Mayor because it's a full time position. However, the Alderman at Large and Aldermen are part-time jobs and they should not be entitled to annual raises
However, the Mayor negotiates the CSEA contract on behalf of the city of Kingston. Therefore, it's a major conflict of interest to have his raises negotiated at the same time and in the same manner as CSEA. One must wonder will the mayor be negotiating on behalf of the city of Kingston, or on behalf of himself.
Mayor Sottile should rethink the way his administration is proposing to grant themselves raises. The current proposal to say the least is unethical. The public should stand up and get answers from the Mayor and the Aldermen that they elected just two short months ago.