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Carvel donates portion of his raise to Rose Hill, says second donation will follow

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MASSENA — Earlier this year when the village Board of Trustees voted to raise members’ salaries from $4,000 to $6,000, Francis J. Carvel voted against the pay hike and vowed to donate his raise to charity.

He recently began living up to his end of the bargain by making a donation to the Rose Hill Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program.

“A couple months ago, I gave Rose Hill money to buy some recreational supplies,” he said, adding that it’s his understanding that bike helmets, fishing poles and various types of balls were purchased.

In 2010, trustees accepted a $1,000 pay cut, lowering their salaries from $5,000 to $4,000. Mr. Carvel said he accepted the first $1,000 of this year’s raise, but did some calculations to figure out what six months of the additional $1,000 would translate to after taxes.

He said he will make a second donation later in the year.

“Some have suggested I donate to the Boys and Girls Club,” he said. “We’ll see where they are in a couple of months. It may be them, it may be Rose Hill or it may be someone else.”

At the time the raise was approved, Mr. Carvel said, “I’m thinking of giving most of it away. I haven’t decided where yet, but I’ll give it away to some nonprofit or something.”

Rose Hill Recreation Director Scott J. Perrine said he knows the clients really appreciated the donation.

“It really worked out for us, because at the time we needed some new equipment to help out the kids,” he said, adding that some of the bicycle helmets, fishing poles and other things they were using were quite old and “worn out.”

“It was kind of neat how he did it. I think he was trying to send a message, and I hope that message was heard,” Mr. Perrine said. “I hope other people will follow his lead. He didn’t think the raise was needed, so he used it to benefit the community.”

Mr. Carvel, who is employed at Rose Hill, said he was glad to help out and he’s looking forward to making another donation later this year.

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