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After election, Common Council to vote on raise for Hudson mayor

Oct 27, 2021 2:02 pm

Sam Raudins reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Hudson Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Oct. 25 proposed raising Mayor Kamal Johnson's salary by $15,000. The proposal goes to the Common Council on Nov. 10, just a week after voters decide whether to give Johnson a second term. Johnson, Common Council President Thomas DePietro, and Treasurer Heather Campbell were among those discussing the mayor's raise at the meeting. DePietro said it was “awkward” discussing the raise with the mayor present, but the decision was to make the mayor's income commensurate with others. “Heather (Campbell) gets $75,000 so it would be kind of appropriate for the mayor to,” DePietro said. Currently, Johnson makes $60,000 a year for the full-time position. “I think it’s less about me and more about the position,” Johnson said. Former Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton said the mayor's salary was decreased years ago. “The $60,000 is level with what the mayor was paid in 2005,” Hamilton said. “And the salary was then decreased to accommodate the pension requirements of the other people that were in office between 2005 and when I entered office.” The reason raises are an issue now is that the city is doing well. “Revenues have been excellent,” DePietro said. “We won’t be raising any city taxes for the second straight year.” NOTE: Both Johnson and DePietro are WGXC volunteer programmers. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.

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