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Top 10 White Plains Salaries Cost Combined $1.7M

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- When Brenda Thomas heard White Plains doles out $1,687,371 to its 10 highest-salaried employees, she said she believed city hall's priorities were completely amiss.

"It's way too much,"  said the 55-year-old White Plains resident. "They cut everything for the poor people, when they should be taking a whole lot of cuts, especially in this economy."

Below is the the top 10 highest paid city employees:

•  John Callahan makes $190,000 a year as the city’s corporation counsel and chief of staff.

•  David Chong, the commissioner of public safety, earns $176,492.

•  Michael Genito is paid $170,000 for his work as the commissioner of finance and the budget director.

•  Joseph Nicoletti, the commissioner of public works, nets $170,000 a year from the city.

•  Richard Lyman, the fire chief, earns a salary of $168,084.

•  Bradley James gets paid $167,984 a year as White Plains’ police chief.

•  Albert Moroni, the commissioner of both parking and recreation and parks, receives a salary of $167,063.

•  Susan Habel’s work as the commissioner of planning earns her $162,000.

•  Carol Van Scoyoc, the chief deputy corporation counsel for White Plains, received $158,000 a year from the city.

•  Donald Keinz, the deputy fire chief, earns $157,748.

In an email, Commissioner of Finance Michael Genito said "significant savings" were made when he, John Callahan and Albert Moroni took on dual roles during former Mayor Adam Bradley's administration.

When Bradley, a Democrat, first took office in Jan. 2010 he consolidated six salaries and benefits packages into three by making Callahan the city's lawyer and chief of staff, Genito White Plains' commissioner of finance and budget director, and Moroni the head of parking as well as recreation and parks.

What do you think of these salaries? Do you think they are appropriate? Are they too low? Too high? What do you think of the dual roles? Are they a good way to save money or do you suspect the dual roles spread employees to thin? Email thoughts to strangle@mainstreetconnect.us and we'll include your responses in future coverage.

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