Bonus backlash

The Daily Mail reports that the Greene County legislature got tough with the members of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency last night over the $175,000 bonus they gave to their executive director, Alexander "Sandy" Mathes, in 2009. Several legislators took the opportunity to grandstand against Mathes, who made headlines for the big payout last month:

Legislator William Lawrence, R-Cairo, joined legislators in questioning how the bonus criteria differs from an executive director’s primary job description.

“I guess the heart of the matter here is we don’t know what (Mathes’) basic job description is,” Lawrence said.

Legislature Chairman Wayne Speenburgh, R-Coxsackie, agreed.

“What do you do for the for the ‘$130,000 contract?’” he said.

At the meeting, county legislatures announced that they'll get even tougher on Mathes on September 1:

County lawmakers will be putting members of the Greene County Industrial Development Agency in the hot seat next month, requesting that they present contractual job descriptions and complete bonus criteria before they are called before the full legislature.