Issuu on Google+ Vol. 15/Number 24 The war for Independence New Rochelle Democrat Noam Bramson, right, has garnered the endorsement of the Westchester County Independence Party, but incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s campaign says the nod is nothing more than petty revenge. For story, see page 3. File photos New village DPW contract changes work schedule By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER The Tuckahoe Department of Public Works has ratified a new contract, which will be in effect until May 31, 2015. For the first time, DPW sanitation workers will be required to stay on the job for a full eight-hour work day, even if their assigned work has been finished, which will allow the village to also address how trash and recycling is picked up. Under the old contract, workers who left after they finished their work would still get paid for a full day, which was a common occurrence, according to village officials. According to Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, contracts drafted from 2007 to 2011 while John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat, was mayor called for all new sanitation workers to stay on the job for eight hours a day, but rules became more lax over the length of employment because past contracts allowed workers the flexibility of leaving the job once they finished their daily workload. DPW highway workers, on the other hand, were always required to work full days. "What that means is when [sanitation workers are] done, say, on a Monday, in essence, they go home," Ecklond said. "They didn’t have to work full eight-hour shifts unless they have to complete work, and it never really does take that long." Union members will also begin to contribute 8 percent to their medical coverage starting June 3, 2014. Until then, contributions will remain at 4 percent. The 16 union members have been without a contract since the end of May 2011, operating under the parameters of the expired contact since then. Union members voted to reject a contract proposal last year. This year's contract, which passed by a 9 to 5 vote, will be retroactive to June 1, 2011 and will end on May 31, 2015, according to Ecklond. The mayor said that a few union members were not present for the vote. DPW employees will also see 2 percent salary increases annually for the life of the contract. The previous salary increase was slightly over 2 percent, according to Ecklond. Hires do not reach full union status until their fourth year of DPW continued on page 11 June 14, 2013 Supervisor Colavita to run again GOP incumbents seek re-election By ASHLEY HELMS STAFF REPORTER Eastchester Republicans unanimously voted to support three incumbent town councilmen on June 3 to present a full slate of candidates in the election this November. Candidates will vie for three open seats, including the supervisor’s chair. The party nominated Councilman Luigi Marcoccia for a second term; Supervisor Anthony Colavita, who is seeking his sixth term in office; and Fred Salanitro, who served in 2008 and rejoined the board in 2010 after taking a year off. Town board members serve fouryear terms and the supervisor serves a two-year term. Marcoccia, 41, is a lifelong Tuckahoe resident and a professional investment analyst in Greenwich, Conn. He was first appointed to the village board to fill the unexpired term of former councilwoman and current county Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a Republican, in 2010. If re-elected, Marcoccia said he wants to continue to hold periodic Eastchester town board meetings in Bronxville and Tuckahoe, which he said have been successful in reaching audiences across the two villages. Marcoccia said that he wants to focus on improving the town's parks by utilizing donated funds and continue the board's success in keeping essential services intact. "What I try to do is listen and then try to do what's best; we've been pretty successful," Macoccia said. "There's always room for improvement." Salanitro, 50, is an attorney in private practice in the Bronx and was chairman of the Eastchester Zoning Board of Appeals in 2009. Salanitro said that he wants to continue to improve the town’s parks to accommodate different sports teams and upgrade the highway facilities that need repair, including storing vehicles in better facilities. “Unfortunately, [highway] vehicles are stored outside when they should be stored inside,” Salanitro said. Like Marcoccia, Salanitro said he wants to continue to keep taxes down while providing the level of services that residents are used to. The councilman referenced a new Lake Isle catering contract that required a substantial amount of work in order to come to a decision that would benefit the town and Lake GOP continued on page 14 Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita, a Republican, has been nominated to seek a fourth term in office. He has been town supervisor since 2003. File photo

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