NORWALK, Conn. – NancyOnNorwalk reader Peter Berman says Mayor Richard Moccia has stated publicly that he won’t take a raise if he is re-elected in the fall. Moccia said that wasn’t the case.
Asked on Saturday morning if Berman’s comment were true, Moccia said, “He keeps writing in the paper that I’ve gotten a pay raise. What I said was, ‘No, I didn’t get a pay raise.’ We did not put the money in the budget. In November, whoever the mayor is can make the decision whether they want to ask for the money to fund the pay raise.”
The Common Council voted in February to grant a pay raise to the next mayor, boosting it 21.5 percent, from $113,963 as of Jan. 1, 2012, to $138,465 as of Jan. 1, 2014 — a raise of $24,502.
Moccia was listed as making $99,616 in 2010, according to documents.
“You can’t get a raise while you’re in office,” he said. “I got a raise that went into effect in January, after I was elected. You can’t get two raises while you’re in office, so it was the new salary set for whoever was elected. I happen to have been elected; in January I got the raise. But I didn’t get another raise in the second year.”
He did not say whether he would take a pay raise if elected.
“I said to (Berman), I did not take it,” he said. “Which is true, the money did not go into the budget. Because I said, quite honestly, ‘Let’s see what happens in November. Then whoever who is in office, whether it’s me or someone, can make the decision about their pay.’”
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