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Hudson officials reinstate asst. treasurer's stipend

Feb 18, 2021 2:00 pm

Aliya Schneider is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media the Hudson Common Council February 16, voted to reinstate Assistant Treasurer Matthew Parker’s stipend after Parker took legal action over the council's decision to remove the payment from the 2021 budget. The council approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Kamal Johnson to enter into a settlement agreement resolving Parker's claims and directing Treasurer Heather Campbell to add the $1,619 stipend to treasury personal services. But as of the following day, Parker had not yet seen the settlement agreement. Parker said city attorney Cheryl Roberts had promised he would see the agreement before the Common Council meeting, he added. “I’m still waiting to see whatever this agreement is that they would like me to comply with,” Parker said. “I was promised that before the meeting, but I have not received it as of yet, so I can’t say that I would be signing it or not.” When asked, Roberts said she is currently drafting the agreement and that Parker would receive it shortly. “I do not foresee any issues in settling the matter,” she added. The assistant treasurer has received a stipend for at least 20 years, likely more, Campbell said. The decision to remove Parker’s stipend came after an executive session to discuss treasury personnel last fall. With only two dissenting votes, the council approved the pay cut and the budget as a whole on November 19. The vote to cut Parker’s stipend was the only cut proposed in the 2021 budget. NOTE: Johnson is a volunteer WGXC on-air programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.