Irondequoit has spent an estimated $100,000 to $150,000 in health insurance for Varrenti since 2002, which should be returned to the town since he has wrongly benefited per the town’s position proven by the documents.
The April 19 article on Daniel Varrenti (Brockport Police Chief) vs. Town of Irondequoit’s refusal to pay for Varrenti’s health insurance since it was available to him from Brockport did not include certain informative facts, as proven by the following documents:
Fact #1: The legal notice and job description for the Brockport Police Chief stated, “excellent benefit package.” It is difficult to believe that health insurance was not contemplated as part of an “excellent” package.
Fact #2: The Brockport contract dated Jan 2002 with Varrenti has an attached sheet which states, “$7048 was budgeted for Health Ins. and $1054 for dental insurance.” That proves that funding was available for health insurance for Varrenti’s position although he did not avail himself of it.
Fact #3: The October 2005 minutes of the Brockport Village Board states that “value of Health Ins. (is) included in salary.” This also proves that health insurance was available but he took a higher salary instead.
Fact #4: November 2006 Brockport Board’s minutes indicate an additional “$3,000 to Varrenti for not taking health and dental insurance through Brockport.”
Fact # 5: In an August 2009 letter from Varrenti to the Brockport Board, Varrenti states, “In lieu of receiving full medical, HRA and dental benefits, I agree to not accept all that I’m entitled to by law and split the savings with the village.” The statement “in lieu of” means instead of and proves that health insurance was available to him.
Contrary to statements of a former Brockport mayor and others, the documents prove that from the beginning and as verified by subsequent documents Varrenti had health insurance AVAILABLE to him. The Town of Irondequoit was not obligated, per the police contract, to provide health insurance to Varrenti if it was AVAILABLE to him from his new employer. The issue is availability and not whether he actually took advantage of it. Irondequoit has spent an estimated $100,000 to $150,000 in health insurance for Varrenti since 2002, which should be returned to the town since he has wrongly benefited per the town’s position proven by the documents.
RICHARD J. BARONE
Chairman, Irondequoit Citizens for Better Government