Some worry pay at proposed Clay warehouse isn’t up to par

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CLAY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Several people called the NewsChannel 9 Your Stories line with questions about the proposed warehouse in the Town of Clay and the 1,000 jobs it could bring. Many callers specifically referenced the $30,000 a year positions which, in the minds of some, are not high paying jobs.

In two dozen pages from the county and developer, Trammell Crow has answered questions from previous public comment periods, including concerns about the pay of $30,000 a year, and has stated these are entry-level jobs.

The issue was also brought up in Wednesday’s debate between the Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and his opponent, Tony Malavenda.

McMahon said, “$30,000 isn’t a great wage but $30,000 times two, $60,000 in a household is above the median income average.”

“I welcome 1,000 jobs, even 1,000 jobs at $30,000 a year,” Malavenda said.”I remain somewhat skeptical and I do have a lot of questions.”

The median average right now for a household in Onondaga County is nearly $58,000 and while many people are still speculating, the Clay Town Supervisor said a decision could come in the next two to three weeks and he is not concerned over who that tenant might be.

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