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Amsterdam mayor vetoes golf pro's new contract

Amsterdam mayor vetoes golf pro's new contract

Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane has vetoed the Common Council's approval of a new contract for the golf pr

Amsterdam Mayor Ann Thane has vetoed the Common Council's approval of a new contract for the golf professional at the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.

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Thane said in a statement this afternoon that she is rejecting the new contract for longtime pro Joseph Merendo "because it does not protect the interests of the taxpayers of the city of Amsterdam."

"This contract ... undermines the city's ability to modify operations at the golf course, adjust for changing financial conditions and implement long-range planning," Thane said.

Thane cited several items in the contract that she objected to, including:

- A change in the length of the contract from three years to five

- An immediate 13-percent raise for Merendo, with additional 2-percent increase over each of the next four years

- Rent-free retail space for the Pro Shop for which the city also pays for electricity, though all profits from the sale of equipment, supplies and accessories go to the pro

- A change in wording that orders the pro to obey all reasonable orders and directions of the Golf Commission, instead of the mayor, as was previosuly stipulated

In addition, Thane points out that the contract is incomplete, with a line in the agreement saying a final item that “needs to be added.”

The council approved the contract Tuesday by a vote of 4-1 and would require all four votes to override Thane's veto.

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