ELIZABETH—Mayor J. Christian Bollwage signed into law a measure that raises salaries for himself and the City Council members who enacted the pay hike ordinance.
Only Councilman Carlos Cedeño voted against the politicians’ pay hike, while eight other members of the governing body voted to approve the salary increase despite a growing economic crisis that has caused almost one million Americans to lose their jobs in recent months.
The ordinance was passed by the City Council on Nov. 25 and approved by Bollwage the following day.
Most city residents were unaware of the politicians’ pay increase because an alert while the ordinance was pending was published only in The Newark Star-Ledger, an Essex County newspaper, which for unknown reasons failed to post the advertisement on its website or on the online public notice website sponsored by the New Jersey Press Association.
“There are only 3.1 million job openings in the national economy with more than ten million Americans searching for employment, but Elizabeth politicians enacted themselves a big pay hike just a few weeks after the election,” said Armando DaSilva, a member of the city Board of Education. “This shameful behavior is a spit in the eye to every unemployed resident and every family that is in fear of losing a job.”
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