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Bishop's Camp Refutes NY Post Report

Post reports that congressman is "most generous" with staff bonuses.

The New York Post reported Monday that U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, doled out to his congressional staffers the second highest amount in year-end bonuses out of the entire Long Island and New York City delegation — but a spokesman for Bishop said the Post's number was incorrectly calculated.

The Post reported that Bishop bumped his office's payroll by $73,000 from the third quarter of 2012 to the fourth, with bonuses ranging from $1,000 to more than $12,000.

Responding Tuesday to the article, Bishop communication director Oliver Longwell said that the $12,000 reported as a bonus was actually largely the result of a staff member who briefly left the office coming back to work for the congressman.

"Congressman Bishop has one of the lowest overall payroll expenses in the New York City/Long Island Congressional Delegation," Longwell said. "He uses a performance-based compensation system where staff members receive pay adjustments at the end of the year if they meet performance goals. Congressman Bishop, in total, has a payroll smaller than almost any member in NYC/LI, and the office has successfully closed over 15,000 constituent cases since Congressman Bishop was elected."

Read the Post's report at nypost.com.

Hazel Wilkonson the First April 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
So what? The Bishop campaign paid their campaign consulting company to consult for them. Big deal. So the firm is owned by his daughter, again, big deal. All campaigns pay consultants and many pay a hell of a lot more than Bishop did. You know who Romeny paid as a consultant? His freaking son. Again, so what? The campaign committe raises the money and can spend it however they like.
George Lynch April 12, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Say Mlone, regarding your post above -- the one about all those institutions of higher learning, Hollywood studios, prime-time news outlets, print media, and FM radio stations that favor the progressive side -- do you ever wonder why that is the case? Think about it. By the way, do we know each other? If so, good to hear from you.
Mlone April 12, 2013 at 09:13 AM
George before you get ahead of yourself the ratings for our one cable news channel is higher than all of your television outlets combined. The guy on am radio-most listened to radio show in history. We don't care for each other. Trust me.
George Lynch April 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Try to be consistent, Mlone. It was you, not I, who posited this leftward lean of the media, and I then asked if you'd ever considered the reason for that. You're clearly not the guy I was thinking of -- he's a cordial person despite our differences.
blackduck1 April 14, 2013 at 08:56 PM
agreed

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