Top Stories 2012: North Castle Cuts Employee Benefits

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North Castle Town Supervisor Howard Arden and the rest of the Town Board approved a plan in June 2012 that cut town employee benefits. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

ARMONK, N.Y. – As 2012 draws to an end, The Armonk Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year.

In late June 2012, the North Castle Town Board approved a new town employee benefit package that cuts the benefits of current town employees and retirees.

Town Supervisor Howard Arden estimated the new benefit plan could save North Castle as much as $17 million over time. But not everyone was on board.

In a 3-2 vote in favor of cutting benefits, board members Stephen D’Angelo and Michael Schiliro voted against the plan.

“I can’t vote for this and tell someone who’s 90 years old that starting on Monday they need to send the town a $62 check every month,” D’Angelo said. “Because they can’t afford to pay that.”

The new package included a 15 percent monthly premium payment for health insurance, and that will change to 30 percent on July 1, 2013. For retirees, the plan eliminates dental and vision coverage and requires a 15 percent monthly premium payment for medical and prescription drug coverage.

For current and former elected officials, it eliminates all medical insurance benefits.

The new plan applies only to employees or retirees of the town who are not union members.

See more top stories of 2012.

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