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GOP: Waiting to hear O'Flynn
Rochester, N.Y. -- It's the second raise sought in two years by Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say they are eager to hear his side.
"We havent heard from him in committee yet which should take place next week so, interested in what, how he wants to address it," said Steven Tucciarello, Republican Majority Leader of the Monroe County Legislature.
Frustrated Democrats spent the afternoon blasting the Sheriffs pay hike proposal, but have yet to hear from OFlynn.
I'm really willing and open to hearing his arguments as to why he feels that he deserves $37,000 more per year to do a job he just campaigned to run for, said Mike Patterson, Democrat.
OFlynn makes $136,000 and is among the states highest paid sheriffs; above the wage paid to Onondaga County and Erie County sheriffs.
When asked if he was leaning toward a higher salary for OFlynn, Tucciarello said he is still reviewing budgets from all county departments.
I couldn't guess for all of the legislators in the room, you know. Only speak to myself and I keep an open mind and review and look at everything inside the budget and then I make my decision when the time comes.
OFlynn is scheduled to speak in front of the Ways and Means Committee on December 5th.