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.

Doe, John April 10, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Tim's from the government and he's here to help.
John C April 10, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Why in these tight times should anyone in government get a bonus. For what screwing up seems like Bishop like the rest are just out for themselves
Joanna Komoska April 10, 2013 at 01:21 PM
The good news is that Tim has been able to survive in spite of the unfair and under-handed efforts of his adversaries.
Conservative Underground April 10, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Tim Bishop continues to enrich himself, his family and friends while gorging off the public troth. Our country is in debt, the economy is a wreck and the war drums are beating again. Very good news indeed.
Mary Beth April 10, 2013 at 03:02 PM
These accusations against Tim are constantly being made by right-wing operatives. Each one is summarily dismissed as total bs. The right simply cannot stand that a progressive Representative keeps getting re-elected despite their best efforts to defeat him. This is nothing more than a cheap continuation of libelous attacks left over from the defeated Altschuler campaign. If any allegations prove to be true, I will be among the first to drop my support for Mr. Bishop, but people like Conservative Underground who boldy make ridiculous claims with zero substantiation are nothing more than sore losers. They are right-wing extremists living in a left of center state. If they want candidates who share their world views I suggest they move to Michelle Bachman's district in Minn.
George Lynch April 10, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Ahhh, the New York Post -- same ownership as Fox News, same "Fair & Balanced," same "We Report, You Decide" -- what a joke!
Mlone April 10, 2013 at 09:55 PM
George, is it not enough to have every institution of higher learning, every studio in hollywood, every prime-time news outlet, 99.9% of print media and every FM radio station? We have a few am news stations, a newspaper and one cable news outlet. To us, ''Lean Forward'' is weak progressive du jour type of sycophantic code too.
Mlone April 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM
This is all public information - but the math here is D.C. math, not real life math. 4th Qtr 2012 Krystyna M. Baumgartner Community Outreach Coor. $14,125.00 Mark Copeland Legislative Director $708.33 Erin M. D'Eletto Senior Congressional Aide $21,999.99 Jane Finalborgo Director of Special Projects $11,500.00 Jared W. Fischedick Congressional Aide $10,250.00 Jared W. Fischedick Congressional Aide $600.00 Oliver G. Longwell Press Secretary $15,499.99 Bilal M. Malik Congressional Aide $15,449.99 William Robert Polman (Bill) Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration $800.00 William Robert Polman (Bill) Deputy Chief of Staff for Administration $32,291.66 Timothy W. Powers (Tim) Legislative Assistant $14,999.99 Virginia W. Rowley Congressional Aide $10,999.99 Lisa Wieber Santeramo District Dir $18,500.00 Edward L. Shimkus (Eddie) Senior Legislative Assistant $16,775.00 Taryn S. Sjursen Staff Assistant $11,325.01 Peter Michael Spiro (Pete) Chief of Staff $450.00 Peter Michael Spiro (Pete) 10/01/12 12/31/12 Chief of Staff $36,034.25 Leah Marie Sullivan Caseworker $22,250.01 Edward A. Waters (Ned) Legislative Correspondent $9,837.50 Tim Bishop for Congress (Campaign Committee) paid MCB Consulting (Molly Bishop position: Owner and Founder) $120,000, fees, 2008 election cycle $130,000, fees, 2012 election cycle
not a farmer April 11, 2013 at 01:11 PM
the guy is a crook. that's not at issue. that he continues to spend our money like a drunken sailor is. He's perfect for his district. keep loving him.
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


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