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Hastings Presents Plan On Joint Recreation Superintendents

The James Harmon Community Center and Recreation Department headquarters
The James Harmon Community Center and Recreation Department headquarters Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Hastings Board of Trustees will present findings and continue discussion on a plan to share Recreation Department Superintendents with the Village of Dobbs Ferry, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Hastings and Dobbs Ferry began formal discussions and formed two committees in March to examine the idea of using a recreation superintendent for both villages.

Each community has appointed its own working group to examine issues regarding how such an arrangement would work. The working groups evaluated and studied oversight, program composition, job descriptions and opportunities that will benefit both villages.

The proposal suggesst that Hastings-on-Hudson pay Dobbs Ferry $65,000 for a one-year period to share the cost of employing Dobbs Ferry's current superintendent Matt Arone, who would serve both villages.

Hastings-on-Hudson Mayor Peter Swiderski has suggested the Village would otherwise pay from $120,000 to $130,000 for a salary and benefits package if the Village were to hire its own superintendent.

Hastings Recreation Supervisor Kendra Garrison has been the acting superintendent since the post was vacated eight months ago. Garrison receives a stipend for those duties and is currently paid about $85,000 a year.

A Daily Voice poll on March 19 showed that 87 percent of those polled believed the plan would not save a significant amount of money, could not be handled by one person or that the departments should be separate. Thirteen percent believed the move would help save money.

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