In evaluating the story, the current situation in Poughkeepsie should be considered, Miller said. That includes questions about cutting the city manager position to help close a $4 million budget gap for 2013, according to the news story.
Long’s contract is consistent with other city workers, Miller said. It provides for three weeks of vacation time, with up to 50 days allowed to be accrued, and 12 sick days a year, with 75 percent of any days accrued being paid out upon leaving city service.
If the city manager is away, there is a process for making sure the work gets done, Miller said.
Only two of the eight city council members could be reached for reaction to the Poughkeepsie story. The others did not return individual phone calls.
Madolyn Palmer said Long was hired on “many, many recommendations. I’m very happy with the choice we made.” Bob Brzozowski said “Nothing I’ve seen or heard changes my opinion that he is right person for the job.”