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Senator Gerry Cardinale Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39)
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July 25, 2014
Cardinale Urges Cunningham, Sweeney to Lead a Return to Trenton to End Abusive Sick Leave Payouts

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) today urged action on legislation ending abusive sick leave payouts, following news that Bayonne taxpayers are on the hook for a $444,450 payout to the retiring police chief.

“This morning, I would expect my honorable colleague Senator Cunningham to lead us in storming the State House to finally end this abuse of property tax dollars for all New Jerseyans,” said Cardinale, who with Democratic Senator Brian Stack sponsors Senate bill 79 to eliminate sick-leave payouts and limit comp-time payouts. “On behalf of our constituents, I’m issuing an urgent request for Senate President Sweeney to allow a vote on complete reform once and for all.”

According to a Jersey Journal report today, the Bayonne police chief, who retired earlier this month, will receive $444,450.40 for unused sick, vacation, personal, terminal and holiday time.

“We have to take action to end these payouts before the nearly $1 billion unfunded liability from accumulated sick leave hanging over the state totally disables taxpayers in our local towns,” said Cardinale. “Everybody complains about property taxes but nobody does anything about it. Here’s something we can do immediately without cutting services.”

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