Updated: 12/05/2013 11:16 PM
Created: 12/05/2013 6:57 PM WHEC.com
Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn is defending his request for a pay raise.
Thursday he addressed the county legislature's ways and means committee.
O'Flynn was re-elected last month, and submitted his request as part of Monroe County Executive's Maggie Brooks’ proposed budget. If passed, his pay would go from $123-thousand to $174-thousand by next April.
Democrats say it's too excessive and that O'Flynn is already the highest paid sheriff in upstate New York.
At the meeting, we learned the Democrats will be trying to pass an amendment to keep the sheriffs pay at this year's rate.
Carrie Andrews, The Democratic Minority Leader said, "iIs anyone else in your department receiving a 27% pay raise?”
Sheriff O'Flynn said, "I could have retired as the under sheriff having 21 years in. I didn't feel right to collect a pension and double-dip. I chose not to and I am looking to just have fair compensation at this point."
They did not hold a vote this evening. One is expected next week.