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City to defend against comp time claims

Staff Reporter

Following demands Tuesday by a city firefighter union leader to reimburse employees nearly $300,000 in back wages, city officials say the figure, calculated by the U.S. Department of Labor, is incorrect and city officials will present the city’s side at the Oct. 20 Common Council meeting.
During Tuesday’s council meeting Derek Reynolds, president of the Cortland Professional Firefighters Association, presented documents on a Department of Labor investigation into the city’s payment of comp time, or paid time off, to employees he obtained through the federal Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA law.
Those documents show the city agreed to pay $295,947 in comp time to 89 city employees by June 23 and had failed to do so by the deadline.
According to the terms of the agreement, partial payments would be made in the form of a check to employees and the remaining debt would be paid in comp time, city officials said.
Mayor Brian Tobin said Thursday he plans to have city Director of Administration and Finance Mack Cook deliver a presentation to the council that he says will show the city has paid its debts, despite claims to the contrary.
“I will address his questions about the $295,000, where the DOL is saying it should be paid back, and our point of view on every single dollar,” Tobin said.



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