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Severance for a short termer

Officially, Roger Kelley has resigned as president of the New York Power Authority, effective Aug. 1. Kelley and Gov. David Paterson and their respective press people won't discuss the matter. 

Sources say Kelley was forced out. It's happening throughout state government, as Paterson purges Spitzer appointees. In the case of some, including Kelley, job performance has nothing to do with it.

OK, that's politics. But here's the rub.

The authority is negotiating a severance package. His two predecessors left without one. Is there a reason why someone who has been on the job for barely a year should receive a severance package? The authority isn't talking about what might be potentially involved, it could be small peanuts for all we know.

But it begs the question: If you hold a job for only a year and then resign, or so you say, does the public owe you any additional compensation on the way out the door?


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