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Saratoga council to vote on commissioner’s paid lifetime medical insurance

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Metropolis Council is anticipated to approve a decision Tuesday evening that can guarantee Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan receives paid lifetime medical insurance.

The decision, being introduced ahead by Madigan, amends town’s 1993 decision that ensures one hundred pc paid medical insurance for all times for individuals who’ve served 10 years on the council. Although she has been on the Metropolis Council for a decade, she defined that her and different Metropolis Council members’ salaries of $14,500 a yr is taken into account by the state retirement system to be too low to be absolutely eligible for the profit.

“A lot of the council agrees I meet the intent,” Madigan mentioned on Tuesday. “I’ve been underneath the impression for 9 years and 11 months that that is the profit that will be provided to me. And someplace alongside the road, the authorized division, the HR division or some division did not let the Metropolis Council know (that) as a result of we haven’t been conserving tempo, our wage is simply too low … and a yr (of service) didn’t equal a yr anymore … This must be addressed and that’s what I’m making an attempt to do.”

She additionally mentioned the decision will not be particular to her. It applies to all Metropolis Council members now and sooner or later. Nonetheless, she could be the one rapid beneficiary. Furthermore, as a result of the decision applies to the mayor and all commissioners she believes she doesn’t should abstain from Tuesday’s vote.

Commissioner of Accounts John Franck, who’s leaving Metropolis Council after 16 years, mentioned the wage threshold means he has amassed about 14 years of service. He’ll vote for the modification as a result of “Michele acquired screwed.”

“She labored all these hours, however she was paid too little,” Franck mentioned. “Beneath New York state, she solely has eight or 9 years credit score as a result of she didn’t earn sufficient cash. … However she labored like 80 hours per week.”

Throughout Madigan’s 2019 marketing campaign, she was accused of working simply to safe lifetime medical insurance, a declare she denied in a Metropolis Council assembly and in a Occasions Union interview. She now admits that it was a “deciding issue, however not the one issue.”

“I give to this group,” Madigan mentioned. “No matter you consider me, I work onerous and I’m not checked out. I do my job, so did I believe this could be a profit I wished to depart with? It was. I’m not going to disclaim that. I labored for $14,500, I put in plenty of time and I labored on plenty of good tasks.”

Commissioner of Public Security Robin Dalton agreed that Madigan ought to get the profit, however sooner or later, she thinks the Metropolis Council ought to remove the profit.

“Michele met her obligation, nevertheless, I’m not in favor of lifetime medical insurance advantages shifting ahead,” Dalton mentioned. “Individuals who have it already ought to be grandfathered in. However shifting ahead, I really feel it’s one thing that ought to be eradicated. I’ll let or not it’s identified tonight. However I’ll vote sure to the decision so she will get it as a result of I believe that’s truthful.”

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