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Jan 8, 2013 2:35 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

East Hampton Supervisor's Secretary Quits Her Job

Jan 8, 2013 4:56 PM

Johnson Nordlinger, East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson’s executive assistant, abruptly resigned from her Town Hall position on Friday.

On Monday evening, Ms. Nordlinger, who lives in Montauk, would not comment on the specific reason for her resignation, only confirming that she had done so.

Friday was her last day and she did not give any notice before quitting, she said. She said she did not know of anyone who might fill her position.

Asked what her plans for the future were she said, “I don’t know. No comment.”

Ms. Nordlinger was employed as Mr. Wilkinson’s executive assistant for three years—the entire length of time Mr. Wilkinson has been in office. Her salary, entered under the title “secretary” in the 2013 East Hampton Town budget, was $53,040. Her benefits totaled $37,586. A total of $90,626 was budgeted for her salary and benefits this year.

Mr. Wilkinson did not return a call seeking comment on Monday evening. Councilman Dominick Stanzione said he had no knowledge of the matter when reached on Monday evening.

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how does someone making 53k get 37k in benefits?
By sandie (15), speonk on Jan 8, 13 3:12 PM
Health Insurance is wildly expensive?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 13 3:14 PM
The Salary and Benefirts quoted are in fact accurately taken from the East Hampton Town's Adopted 2013 Budget which is available on-line on the Town's web-site. Salary and Benefits are itemiized for each full-time position. Riddle me this however: How does a newly hired Clerk Typist (CSEA Grade 12, Step 1) earn $31,468 in Salary and cost the Town even more ($31,495) in Bemefits. That's hard to comprehend. David Buda
By davbud (127), east hampton on Jan 8, 13 3:40 PM
Not to difficult...being a former business owner myself. The Clerk Typist's benefits are $31K and the higher paid employee has benefits of $37K so the higher paid employee's benefits are more.
I would think that if the lower paid employee and the higher paid employee have the same health insurance coverage that the town pays the same for both because health insurance is usually a unit cost based on a set premium for various coverages (family, single, married with spouse, married with spouse ...more
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Jan 8, 13 8:19 PM
Thanks for being a voice of reason. Additionally, Towns (can't speak to EH specifically because I don't know what their contract states) have increased the amount that new hires must pay toward health insurance costs - so in theory the $$ amount for benefits will be going down for future hires (i.e. the person that replaces Ms. Nordlinger)
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 13 8:34 PM
You totally missed my point. Obviously per capita health care constitutes a greater percentage of the employer's cost burden for a lower paid employee than for a higher paid employee. But, really, how much do you think the Town pays for the health insurance, pension costs, and whatever else is included as constituting the total annual "beneits" for a new Clerk Typist earning $31,468?. How does that possibly add up to $31,495? Perhaps EH Budget Officer Len Bernard can provide an itemized breakdown ...more
By davbud (127), east hampton on Jan 9, 13 2:20 PM
Health Insurance plan (assuming the employee is on family coverage) is approximately $20,000. Not hard to tack on another 10,000 through other "benefits"
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 13 2:50 PM
$20,000 for family coverage is about what the school districts pay for health insurance. Another 7.5% for ss/med is like 2300 and I think the teacher retirement system is assessed at like 24% of payroll so that would be 25% of salary (I assume others in the state retirement system are assessed similarly) so that is another 7750 and I don't know what that MTA tax would be but it sure looks like over 30K in benefits for a 30K salary.
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Jan 12, 13 9:09 PM
excuse me - 25% of payroll
By mrmako61 (148), southampton on Jan 12, 13 9:09 PM
in this fiscal climate who would give up that amount of salary and benefits on no notice? Surely something is rotten in denmark (EH).
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jan 14, 13 6:23 PM
Why should an employer be burdened with providing health insurance for employees. Personal responsibility people, personal responsibility.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 16, 13 9:46 AM
Well, then they would just pay their employees more so their employees could afford health insurance... that doesn't solve anything.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 16, 13 12:42 PM
I'm not sure an employer would HAVE TO pay more if they didn't pay for health insurance for their employees. Why not let everyone be responsible for thei own health care?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 16, 13 3:33 PM
Im not an expert by any means, but if a job pays 50K, it wouldnt seem feasible for anyone to pay 30K for heath care for their family.
By tm (174), mtk on Jan 16, 13 4:01 PM
So the employer should be forced to foot the bill?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 17, 13 7:59 PM
So you think no company/employer should have to offer health care? And, if that's the case, they shouldn't increase the amount of money they pay their employees.

As tm states, if you're a secretary making $35k/year, how can you afford $20k in health insurance?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 17, 13 8:26 PM