Board Chairman Jenkins on Astorino Sick Day Proposal

2/11/2010 6:17:37 PM

Westchester County Board Chairman Ken Jenkins today issued the following statement in response to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s proposal calling for new limits of payouts for unused sick and vacation pay for County employees. 


“It’s somewhat strange that the County Executive would craft legislation for a policy that he can implement today through an executive order.  All of the commissioners, department heads and supervisors appointed by the County Executive have ultimate control in managing their agencies and departments as they see fit.  It’s a bit disingenuous that he would make this a matter of legislation, rather than a simple policy change under his Administration.” 


“The current policy, which was implemented under County Executive Andrew O’Rourke, encourages exemplary attendance of our full-time employees. The current policy provided an incentive for employees to not use sick time and encourage consistent attendance, by compensating employees half of the amount accrued with a cap on the amount of hours.” 


“The County Board would strongly recommend that a policy change of this magnitude should be phased in and implemented immediately for new employees. There are significant productivity issues that the Administration might want to considered.  Again, this is a management issue and we encourage the County Executive to issue an executive order today.”