Democratic Caucus of the Monroe County Legislature

Democrats Want Answers on New $37,000 Pay Hike for Sheriff O'Flynn

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Rochester, New York — November 25, 2013.  “Nobody in Government deserves a $37,000 pay raise in one year while serving in the same position.  This proposal is tone deaf and brain dead and should not be allowed to stand,”  stated Monroe County Legislator Michael Patterson (D-Rochester). 

He has written a letter to the County Executive requesting that Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn attend the December 5 meeting of the Ways & Means Committee to justify why the proposed 2014 budget would increase his salary from $136,700 to $174,000. The December 5th meeting also serves as the public input session of the proposed County Budget. 

By way of background, there was widespread outrage in December 2011 when Republican Legislators passed an eleventh-hour budget amendment to increase the Sheriff’s pay from $123,000 to $136,700.

“Sheriff O’Flynn is already one of the highest paid sheriffs in New York State,” Legislator Patterson said. “This County is balancing its budget by laying off staff and eliminating staff positions.  We are reducing the number of families that will receive child care assistance, and we claim that we still can’t afford to bury our indigent dead.  But we have plenty of money to put in the Sheriff’s pocket?  The Sheriff really needs to justify his proposed raise during the Ways & Means Committee meeting.”

When the previous raise was authorized for the 2012 budget, Republicans argued that the Sheriff should be equal to the District Attorney’s salary. But what they didn’t say is that the District Attorney’s salary is set by State Law and that the State pays for the salary—not local property taxpayers. However, because State Law does not require this salary for the Sheriff, his entire salary is paid from local property taxpayer funds.