Aspiring sanitation workers may be picked from lottery to take test

Posted at 8:29 PM, May 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-17 20:29:35-04

It’s a smelly job.  But don’t be too quick to trash it.  There are so many people who want to take the next exam to become a sanitation worker, the city is considering having a lottery just for the privilege of taking the test.

Harry Nespoli, President of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association, is concerned that the 13,000 candidates selected from the lottery won’t be picked at random.

“If people know people, they could get into the lottery,” said Nespoli. “Years ago, everybody took the test and everybody’s mark is what qualified them to do it.”

More than 32,000 people took the city’s most popular civil service exam in 2007, the last time it was given.

The city hires just a few hundred sanitation workers each year.  Their starting pay is $33,000 a year.  They have the potential to climb to $69,000 a year, and make even more with overtime and longevity pay.

A date for the test has not yet been set.