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Should town of Lysander reimburse officials for cellphone usage?

When the Lysander Town Board convened Jan. 2 for its first meeting of the year, Town Clerk Lisa Dell swore in two new councilors — Roman Diamond and Bob Geraci. Before the meeting ended, Diamond and Geraci had joined together to oppose a resolution that would have reimbursed five town officials who routinely use their personal cell phones for town business.

Diamond agreed with Geraci’s suggestion to postpone a decision until after putting an official cellphone policy in place. “But to reimburse people for their use of a personal cellphone did not make sense,” Diamond said.

“Last year, this board raised taxes by 36 percent, and now they wanted to reimburse? The reason I opposed it was because it was not budgeted for. It would have cost another $3,240 a year. I just didn’t think it was fair to the taxpayers,” Diamond said.

The proposal had called for monthly reimbursements for town business-use of personal cell phones, including $75 for Highway Superintendent Eugene Dinsmore and Supervisor John Salisbury, and $40 each for Recreation Director Ann Smiley, Engineer Allen Yager and Codes Enforcement Officer Timothy Wolsey $40. “The higher amount for the highway superintendent and the supervisor is based on the required business use for these positions,” the resolution stated.

“This is a classic example of the kind of stuff I won’t stand for,” Geraci said. “I first learned about this when I was handed an agenda before the meeting. I had no clue where these numbers came from. If it’s important for people to have a cell phone to do town business, then have the town give them a cellphone.”

The vote was 2-2, with councilors Andy Reeves and Melinda Shimer in favor and Diamond and Geraci opposed. Supervisor Salisbury abstained because he was listed as one of the beneficiaries of the proposal.

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VillagePeople 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Just Another MoneyGrab by the JAM team. I am pretty sure you can get an unlimited plan from WalMart for 45.00 a month versus the 75.00 they are requesting. Do we really believe they are using their personal cell phones that much? Of course town taxes went up 36% or $60 more a year on a home assessed at $100,000 which means it would take more than 12 homeowners of a 100,000 home to cover 1 town employees cell phone bill for the year.

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marvan 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Village that is a good point and use of common sense so that will not go well with the JAM Team!

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truthbtold 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Quote by Roman Diamond: "Last year, this board raised taxes by 36 percent, and now they wanted to reimburse? The reason I opposed it was because it was not budgeted for."
Is this the SAME Roman Diamond who is a member of the BOE that voted to GIVE the Baldwinsville Superintendent a $50,000.00 insentive? Wasn't that taxpayer's money too? And was that in the BOE's budget? Hmmm....can't have it both ways Master Diamond!

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truthbtold 7 months, 3 weeks ago

.“Last year, this board raised taxes by 36 percent, and now they wanted to reimburse? The reason I opposed it was because it was not budgeted for. It would have cost another $3,240 a year. I just didn’t think it was fair to the taxpayers,” Diamond said

Is this the Same Roman Diamond that sits on the BOE and voted YES to giving Jeanie Dangle an EXTRA insentive of $50,000.00 of TAXPAYER'S money?

Can't have it BOTH ways Master Diamond!

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truthbtold 7 months, 2 weeks ago

“Last year, this board raised taxes by 36 percent, and now they wanted to reimburse? The reason I opposed it was because it was not budgeted for. It would have cost another $3,240 a year. I just didn’t think it was fair to the taxpayers,” Diamond said.

Is this the same Roman Diamond that voted YES to give Jeanne Dangle $50,000.00 of the taxpayer's money? Was that in the BOE budget?? Can't have it both ways Master Diamond!

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marvan 7 months, 1 week ago

The problem is neither of the incompetents will answer their phones! They tell a good story of how hard they work but as everyone knows they are a band of liars!

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