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Long Lake workers want raises

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 8:13 AM


Express News Staff

RAQUETTE LAKE -- Full-time employees of the Town of Long Lake want more money.

Michelle Hamdan, a town employee at the health center, asked the Long Lake Town Board Wednesday, June 25, to meet with all full-time town employees and negotiate wage increases with those who have had their pay frozen for the past three years.

Hamdan said the employees understand the town is under tight budget controls, but resent that part-time employees have been getting raises while full-time workers have not.

"We have been told we should be happy to have a job and the excuse is we have benefits the part-time employees don't receive," she said.

When Hamdan sat down there was loud cheering and clapping, and it became obvious the majority of the nearly 40 residents at the meeting were town employees supporting Hamden as their spokesperson.

In other business...

-- The board renewed a one-year listing agreement with Timm Associates Broker Jim Blanchard on lots on Stanton Hill, and lowered the asking prices by $5,000 per lot.

-- The Adirondack Watershed Alliance got approval to use the town beach during the 90 Miler Canoe Race Sept. 5-7 from Old Forge to Saranac Lake.

-- Town Clerk Dixie LeBlanc reported 175 of the 216 properties in Raquette Lake that are part of the Township 40 settlement with the State of New York have submitted notarized statements of claim to the state and $218,560 has been collected by the state from property owners agreeing to the settlement.

The next regular meeting of the Long Lake Town Board will be Wednesday, July 30, in the Raquette Lake school gym.


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