Two proposals submitted by Councilman Kenneth Kennedy — one that would give the council the power to approve bonuses for city employees (and prohibit bonuses within 18 months of layoffs) and another calling for a freeze on hiring and overtime — passed out of the panel’s operations, management, budget and legislative affairs committee Wednesday.
Council members said both proposals appear to have the votes to pass at this Monday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting. You can read about the hiring freeze proposal here and the bonuses here.
The proposal regarding city bonuses passed 5 to 0, according to council staff. The freeze on hiring/OT passed 4-0-1 (Councilman Raul DeJesus abstained).
Kennedy’s resolution regarding overtime will be amended prior to a vote Monday to say that the council must approve all requests for overtime that exceed departments’ budgets, not simply all requests for overtime, council staff said.
Council members said it is still unclear whether there are enough votes to override a veto from Mayor Pedro Segarra on either of the proposals.