Orangetown Board Adjusts Military Leave Policy, Raises Fire Inspection Fees

The Orangetown Town Board voted to clarify town policy regarding military leave so that it covers only town employees who joined the service before they started working for the town.

Orangetown's Town Military Leave Policy calls for town employees activated for service to receive their full salaries and benefits for the first 60 days. After 60 days, they receive their benefits minus any military pay.

The resolution passed in 2004 was designed to make sure that town employees called to be part of the war on terrorism and Operation Iraqi Freedom would not suffer any economic penalty due to their service to the United States.

The Orangetown Town Board voted Tuesday to clarify that the policy only applies to "those Town employees who already are active members of the National Guard or in the reserves of one of the other branches of the military service, but not to an individual who, while a town employee, enlists in, or otherwise voluntarily becomes a member of, on of the branches of military service."

With this clarification, employees who enlist after they begin working for Orangetown would not be eligible for the benefits as described in the Town Military Leave Policy.

Every resolution before the town board passed unanimously at Tuesday's meeting. Others included:

  • Raising all Orangetown fire inspection fees by 10 percent. The full fee schedule is included in the town board meeting agenda attached to this report. 
  • Six tax settlements, all of which were relatively small. 
  • Orangetown Police Chief Kevin Nulty will attend the New York State Intelligence Summit in Albany Oct. 17 and 18. The New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services pays for lodging and meals.
  • Reduce the cost of the recently purchased street sweeper truck from $205,813 to $192,126.
  • Set a public hearing for Oct. 23 regarding an amendment to Orangetown local law that would allow the town board adopt a 2013 budget exceeding the state-mandated two percent tax levy cap.
Sick-n-Tired October 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
So the town chooses not to support everybody who defends our country? That's some way to show your support for the troops.
Mad Dog October 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM
What a tremendous show of support for those who want to serve their country!!! The Orangetown Board has just displayed the fact they have no honor so they want to stick it to those that do. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." A timeless and relevent quote that should apply to all Americans (just not in Orangetown). I cant believe that this is a big problem for the town where this shameful measure was required. Shame on the Town Board for a completely disgraceful act.
Mad Dog October 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM
If I remember correctly Paul Valentine touted he was a Marine when he ran for town board. I voted for him because he seemed to be a family man, business owner and veteran. A man who represented the average Orangetown resident. I have to say this is not.a good moment for you Mr. Valentine. The Marine Corp motto of Sempre Fidelis ( Always Faithful) can not apply to you. In your house the motto must be "sempre fidelis, just not on my dime." I would expect something like this from from the other politicians on the board but not you.
The Merm October 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I am totally disgusted with the town board after reading this story. Thank God we have selfless people who are willing to serve their country, something most of the members of the town board never did. There is so much wasteful spending done by any governmental agency. The way to cut spending is NOT on the backs of people who serve their country. I will remember this the next time you are up for reelection.
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