Thompson Gave Retroactive Raises Before Leaving Comptroller’s Office

Shortly before Bill Thompson left the New York City comptroller’s office, he granted a handful of raises to employees who, like him, would not be employed at 1 Centre Street after December 31, 2009.

A source told me Thompson froze salaries in 2008 for about 111 employees, who all made more than $90,000 annually. To some of those employees, Thompson granted raises of at least four percent, I’m told, which was applied retroactively.

A current employee at the city comptroller’s office confirmed that raises were given, but was unable to immediately say how many were given, or what the total cost was. One person who was there at the time said the raises were given to a few employees who were told they were not going to keep their jobs when the new comptroller, John Liu, took over.

This person said those who were leaving their jobs were doing so on rather inhospitable terms: it was the holiday season, the city and country were in a recession, and they were only given about three weeks to find another job. The raises were given, in part, to help cushion that transition, I’m told.