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Senate’s hefty salaries finally made public

$5,000 a month for supervising the coffee room?

By The Star Staff

After unsuccessfully battling in court to keep the salaries of the upper chamber’s employees under wraps, Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz published on the Senate’s web page Tuesday the list of its employees with name, position, date of employment, appointment and salary.

Superior Court Judge Anthony Cuevas Ramos dismissed the Senate’s contentions that releasing the information could put the lives of employees in jeopardy or that the task was too onerous following a lawsuit filed by Eva Prados Rodríguez, who is running for the District 3 seat in the island House of Representatives under the Citizen Victory Movement banner.

A quick examination of the information released shows that it does not include Senate employees who were appointed during the Extraordinary Session.

The list contains the names of individuals whose salaries range from $7,000 to more than $10,000 per month, but for a majority of the employees the salaries were lower.

One of the highest salaries listed was that of electoral comptroller Manuel Torres Nieves, who earns a salary of $10,500 per month.

The salary is not that different from what he was making in his previous position as Senate secretary at the beginning of the current four-year term. Another employee who earns more than $10,000 a month is the executive director of the Senate Office of Federal, Social and Economic Affairs in Washington, D.C., Carmen Feliciano, who receives a monthly compensation of $13,730.

The special assistants to the president’s office, María Santiago and Christian Saavedra, are listed at $8,500 a month and $7,000 a month, respectively, while the salaries of other special assistants did not exceed $4,000.

At the Office of Legislative Advisors, Alicia Alvarez, director and legislative adviser, is listed with a salary of $9,000 per month. The assistant director of that office, Jorge Rivera, appears with a salary of $6,500 a month. However, an employee identified as María del Mar Mateu exceeds the salary of the assistant director, at $7,000 a month.

Meanwhile, in the office of the Secretary of Administration, Alex Muñiz Lasalle, the secretary, is listed with a salary of $8,500 per month.

At the Office of Finance and Financial Affairs, the director is listed with a salary of $7,300 a month but the assistant secretary of the Undersecretary’s Office receives about $7,500 per month.

The director of the Transactions and Records Office, Madeline Rivera, who has been working at the Capitol for over 20 years, is listed with a salary of $7,000 a month, while Senate Sergeant at Arms Manuel Vélez has a salary of $8,000 a month.

Also in the Sergeant of Arms Office, but assigned to the coffee room, its supervisor Juan C. Rodríguez Miranda has a salary of $5,000.