After Hurricane Irene blew through Philadelphia over the weekend, city government was open for business yesterday, with one exception - the City Controller’s office.
Employees in the Controller’s office were given a paid day off after Controller Alan Butkovitz decided he was concerned about the safety of his staff getting to work in the aftermath of the storm.
“There’s a lot of people who come to this office by rail. I have someone in a wheelchair. My thought was simply, I was worried about everyone getting there safe,” Butkovitz said. “The information that was coming out Sunday night and Monday morning was extremely fragmentary. Our decision had to be made by 6 AM (Monday).”
The cost of this day off to the city? $26,079, according to the Controller’s payroll calculations. But Butkovitz said that was worth it to not have an injury or an accident on his hands.