Speaker Prieto’s Connections Now Running Guttenberg, Sweetheart Deals

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Taxpayers in one of New Jersey’s smallest towns (and particularly in the ritzy Galaxy Towers complex) should grade this deal an F.

Guttenberg might be too tiny for its new town administrator to even have to show up for work. He has no fixed hours, and only has to have a C+ average to get full tuition reimbursement.

Plus he gets enough sick and vacation days that it’s hardly “full time.”

That’s the gift Guttenberg’s outgoing mayor Gerard Drasheff gave to Guttenberg’s new town administrator, Cosmo Cirillo, whose contract declares Cirillo “does not have established hours of work” for the job of running a 4-block-long town but assures us that he is “expected to be available at all times.” The contract makes sure to declare that Cirillo “must devote a great deal of time of [sic] the business of the town” before hedging that requirement and explaining his schedule “may vary” according to his workload.

Cirillo’s starting salary is $102,500 but the Guttenberg Mayor and Council can give him raises “at their sole discretion.”

It turns out Cirillo and the new Guttenberg Mayor, Wayne Zitt, have the same boss. That would be Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez, on whose staff both Cirillo and Zitt work. Guttenberg also pays Assemblyman Vincent Prieto (who with Jimenez represent Guttenberg in the state legislature from the 32nd District) to be a construction code official.

The municipal administrator contract for Cirillo was just signed six weeks ago and we have the entire contract for you to see here.

Cirillo was appointed town administrator in January, replacing his part time predecessor and at a higher salary.

The contract says Cirillo “will serve as the Town’s full time Municipal Administrator effective January 23, 2017.” Yet Cirillo has other duties. He is an elected commissioner in neighboring West New York, and his wife was just elected to the Democratic Party town committee there last night.

Cirillo also gets what amounts to a summer vacation: 20 vacation days, 15 sick days (which if unused get paid out when he leaves the job), three personal days and, of course, all the official holidays of state and local government. That totals at least 46 days off, more than nine weeks of no work, or more than two months!The contract also has more sweetheart clauses.

If Cirillo is fired “without cause” he gets a whopping three months’ severance pay plus all accrued and unused sick days. The contract, however, doesn’t address what happens if Cirillo is “terminated without cause” and starts another job right away; in that case, he could get the full three months’ severance anyway.

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