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Newton mayor asks for $27,500 raise

Posted by David Dahl, Regional Editor May 6, 2008 06:32 PM

A day after Newton Mayor David Cohen warned the city would lose services for seniors, close library branches and reduce the city's police officers if the city's voters don't approve a $12 million property tax override, he released a budget proposal that requests a 28 percent salary increase for himself.

The mayor was authorized by the Board of Aldermen to increase his salary from about $97,500 to $125,000 in January 2006, but he declined the increase until now.

"Considering that the mayor serves the same function as a CEO to an organization with a $265 million budget and oversees more than 3,000 employees, the board's action is reasonable," said mayor spokesman Jeremy Solomon.

-- Rachana Rathi

23 comments so far...
  1. Outrageous

    Posted by Next_to_Newton May 6, 08 07:37 PM
  1. This is a belated April Fool's Day joke right?

    Where's Alan Funt and the Candid Camera?

    Posted by Jim May 6, 08 08:18 PM
  1. If they feel he's the right guy for the job, then $125, 000 is cheap.

    Posted by R F May 6, 08 08:27 PM
  1. Mayor Cohen's ego trip must be stopped cold.

    Posted by Newton_conservative_in_motion May 6, 08 08:29 PM
  1. Sounds like a reasonable salary for mayor of Newton.

    Posted by John May 6, 08 08:51 PM
  1. It would be a reasonable salary except that David Cohen is the most hated, the most polarizing figure, the city of Newton has ever seen. This news will sink the override.

    Posted by anne May 6, 08 09:35 PM
  1. give it too him.

    Posted by Ernie Boch, III May 6, 08 09:56 PM
  1. This man knows what he is doing, has been in the political arena for years and has the ability to manage the city well. Are you folks kidding??? A salary of $125K is a drop in the bucket for a man with his skillset. So typical of Newton-folk to complain about a bargain. Anyone of you complainers have the skills to do his job and also work for nothing?
    You couldn't afford a single family home in Newton on his salary.

    Posted by Samantha May 6, 08 09:58 PM
  1. ... but we don't feel he's the right guy for the job. His incompetent mismanagement of the monument that he's building for his ego is costing us taxpayers an outrageous sum. The sooner he goes, the sooner the city can start to figure out how to recover from the mess he's created. If he really cared about the city he would announce now, well before the over-ride vote, that he was either resigning immediately or not going to run for re-election next year. With this grab for cash we can see what he truly cares about!

    Posted by Richard May 6, 08 10:04 PM
  1. Yes, the over-ride may well fail on this news. One wonders if Cohen did it on purpose so he could blame the voters of Newton for his continued mismanagement. No, he's not that smart. Solomon needs to go too. What's his salary for brown-nosing the mayor?

    Posted by JM May 6, 08 10:06 PM
  1. Anybody in the pricate sector who manages a $265M P&L would cost at least double that, and more likely triple.

    The residents of Newton need to channel their energy in a more productive direction.


    Posted by am May 6, 08 10:18 PM
  1. Doesn't Teddy Mann have any offspring willing to take his reigns? To make a threat one hour about firing first responders and demanding a raise the next just reeks of arrogance and ignorance. While I agree the salary is not outrageous, the timing is. If Newton can't afford it's fire fighters, police officers or teachers, how can it afford to give the mayor a raise? How many lives did he save or turn around to the benefit of society last year?

    Posted by Brendan May 6, 08 10:33 PM
  1. Wow. That's a lot of money. When social workers and classroom teachers jobs aren't vulnerable due to the budget cuts then MAYBE we can think about Mayer Cohen's raise.

    Posted by darby May 6, 08 10:36 PM
  1. so what the h-- were they thinking when they approved 190 millions for school renovation project and now all of a sudden mayor is holding all Newton residents are responsible for keeping public services alive, it's a joke!

    Posted by Michael May 6, 08 11:00 PM
  1. Do you realize the school super, Young, makes $250K per year?

    They are asking for an override with numbers coming from the Mayor's office but are not support by the groups (other then the schools) that the Mayor claims the fund are needed. I.e. there is a claim lots of police will lose their jobs when in reality it may only be one, probably none according to the chief of police.

    Ask questions, get answers, know what they are doing with the money.

    Posted by Chris from Newton May 6, 08 11:13 PM
  1. CEO = corporations = for profit, which does not = to being a public servant! If he in it for the money, why is it a "public" servant? why doesn't he become an executive somewhere.

    Posted by Frank May 6, 08 11:14 PM
  1. cut it by 25K. pour encurager les autres

    Posted by sinic May 6, 08 11:17 PM
  1. Do you realize the school super (Young) is making $250k. While I don't think $126k is much to pay a mayor in general, it tells you a lot about how much control the schools have in Newton when the super makes twice as much as the mayor, Demand answers on the budget, especially the school budget. They shift money into different accounts and use scare tactics to get overides. Rarely does Newton reign in waste. Get educated. Salaries are public and you would be surprised to see what people are being paid.

    Posted by Chris May 6, 08 11:26 PM
  1. I suppose the people of Newton are getting what they deserve for electing the man and other city officials.

    Posted by david botelho May 6, 08 11:40 PM
  1. This guy should be ridden out of town on a rail.

    Posted by Peter B. Kingman May 7, 08 01:20 AM
  1. " ...mayor serves the same function as a CEO to an organization with a $265 million budget and oversees more than 3,000 employees, the board's action is reasonable," said mayor spokesman Jeremy Solomon.

    So using that analogy President Bush, in charge of a 2.8 Trillion budget and oversees nearly 2 million employees, deserves what? Solomon, bottom-line, if a community is cutting useful programs as a result of lack of funds then the head of that community does not deserve a raise.

    Posted by bostoncomnow May 7, 08 01:34 AM
  1. i d be happy to make 27 500 a year ....

    Posted by paul May 7, 08 02:43 AM
  1. I think Cohen should go spend some time up on the hill with the rest of the rats. He would fit in well with Dimasi's troops.

    Posted by John May 7, 08 05:23 PM
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