FDNY first deputy commish Joseph Pfeifer to take home $521K a year as double dipper
Joseph Pfeifer, the FDNY’s admission agent beneath Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, will booty home a whopping $521,041 a year, The Post has learned.
The FDNY will pay Pfeifer, who starts March 20, a annual bacon of $242,727. He will also abide to collect his anniversary Fire Department alimony of $278,314, admiral confirmed.
After age 65, burghal retirees who booty a new government job can accurately “double dip” after a waiver. Pfeifer, who retired in 2018, is 67. He is also acceptable because he didn’t get a affliction pension, answered FDNY backer Amanda Farinacci.
The active Kavanagh, adverse a disobedience by high chiefs afterwards she demoted three of them, pulled Pfeifer out of retirement abundantly because of his 37 years of firefighting and authoritative experience.
With his alimony and new burghal paycheck, Pfeifer will booty home further than Mayor Adams, who makes $258,750 a year. Kavanagh’s bacon is $243,171.
Dozens of burghal retirees have taken government jobs and collect both pensions and paychecks. But Pfeifer would rake in the many of any NYC bifold dipper, in accordance to accessible abstracts on the Empire Center for Public Policy’s accuracy website, SeeThroughNY.net.
“One can acknowledge those who choose to banal in the accessible sector, about anytime may anticipate which bisected a million dollars or further in absolute advantage is outrageous, abnormally while both of those pots of cash are adjourned and affirmed by taxpayers, many of whom will never accomplish which affectionate of cash or have the account of a constitutionally affirmed pension,” answered Tim Hoefer, the Empire Center’s admiral and CEO.
In addition abnormal employ by Kavanagh, she broke NYPD Lt. Luis M. Martinez as her arch of staff, application him a large pay raise.
The NYPD answer Martinez to abettor on Oct. 28, adopting his abject bacon from $118,056 to $122,892. He formerly served as “special adviser” to Kavanagh starting in February 2022, while she formed as an abettor abettor beneath then-Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro.
When answer to arch of agents in January, Martinez got a 73% bacon backpack to $213,210. Now on the FDNY payroll, admiral answered his bacon is adequate to the position. He is on a after pay from the NYPD, a agent said.
Critics say Martinez’s able column is an insult to anytime adept blaze chiefs and rank-and-file firefighters, who could barb at a cop giving them orders. The long-simmering animosity amid the NYPD and the FDNY is dubbed the “Battle of the Badges.”
But Kavanagh acceptable chose Martinez because he is accommodating to assassinate her affairs and advanced her mission — after question, assembly say.
“He’s there to do what Kavanagh wants him to do,” one said. “You’d have to be batty to aces a blaze arch [for the post] now – they all abhorrence her.”
The FDNY erupted in agitation aftermost month while Kavanagh demoted three chiefs after consulting the department’s high uniformed officers, Chief of Department John Hodgens and Chief of Operations John Esposito. They promptly asked for demotions to their noncombatant account titles, citation a “breach of trust.”
Since then, anytime eight others have requested demotions in protest, including the latest: Assistant Chief Kevin Brennan and Deputy Assistant Chief Charles Downey, who active the Fire Academy. Kavanagh has not acclimatized any of the requests, Farinacci said.
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