Suffolk “Political Patronage Swamp” Reeks More Than Ever


 Former Islip Supervisor Nolan Gets Over $10K/Month

To “Train” for his $154K/Year O.T.B. Job

According to today’s Newsday, although former Islip Town Supervisor Phil Nolan’s new job as President of Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corporation does not officially commence until July 1, he started on April 23 (in the vacant post of executive director of corporate operations at a salary of $125,000 per year).

The report states that Nolan started last Monday “so he could become acclimated to OTB’s operations, including the status of ongoing court proceeding.” The three member OTB board is expected to name Nolan to succeed the current $154,000 a year president Jeff Casale who is retiring June 30.

“We felt strongly that we should begin training so he can have a break-in period,” said Casale. “There’s so much going on, there’s a ton of stuff to catch on up on so we decided to pull the trigger.”

That’s a pretty expensive “trigger”! Ten and a half weeks to try to learn his job at a taxpayer cost of $25,000 plus benefits. As the old saying goes, “Nice work, if you can get it!”

I missed the job opening notice Suffolk posted for this position; but, based on the candidate they chose, I can only imagine its contents:

Suffolk County seeks:

President of Suffolk County Off-Track Betting Corporation

  • Knowledge of Gaming Industry/ Parimutuel Wagering not required.
  • Customer Service experience not necessary (why do you think we went bankrupt?)
  • Must be available for corporate luncheons.
  • Essential: Must be “politically connected”.

 Generous compensation package includes:

  • Two and a half month “training” period @ $10,000/month.
  • $154,000 per year salary after “training” period is completed.

Full benefits include:

  • Healthcare Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Income Protection
  • Retirement
  • Automobile
  • Four weeks vacation
  • Twelve paid holidays per year
  • Seven sick days per year
  • Nine personal days per year
  • Paid daycare
  • Child’s college tuition
  • Travel expenses
  • Lunch allowance
  • Profit-Sharing (wait- we don’t have that!)

If only I had seen that job posting; this looks like something I might have been interested in!









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