BOSTON (AP) — The nonprofit agency that oversees 15 acres of parkland in Boston above the subterranean Big Dig highway is coming under fire after it disclosed that it pays six-figure salaries to five officials, including $185,000 per year to its executive director.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy’s salary structure came to light after the Boston Herald sought salary information from executive director Nancy Brennan.

Brennan accidentally sent an email intended for her publicist to the newspaper asking if she should refuse to answer the question.

That conservancy gets about half it $4.7 million annual budget from the state.

David Tuerck of the Beacon Hill Institute says the agency needs to be more transparent.

The chairwoman of the conservancy defended the salaries, saying they are fair and the conservancy does a good job.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (4)
  1. Dave_D says:

    What a state! What is involved in “running” a greenway? One of Mitt ‘s illegal aliens with a lawnmower would do the job for a few hundred a week.

    Why does everything in this state involve big bucks for “friends”?

  2. sloopjohnB2 says:

    Nancy Brennan, a hack’s hack. How dumb of me for not knowing that she is the daughter of a Supreme Court Justice. I thought that she was hired after one of those intergalatic searches. It just goes to show that money and influence can buy you anything.

  3. web says:

    How much does the chairwoman of the conservancy make? This is so status quo around here…I just don’t know how to stop it.

  4. fred says:

    Wow, it cost them over 300,000.00 per acre per year to maintain- is that correct? If an organization such as the Trustee’s of the Reservation (a non-profit that maintains places such a Cranes Beach, Plum Island, World’s End and many other scenic and historic sites) spent that kind of money per acre on the property that they manage they would need about 6 billion a year. I think they got by last year on mere 20 million (all donated and income from trust investments and park fees) if I interpreted their annual report correctly – plus they had a surplus. This group of knuckleheads at the greenway spent as much solicting donations as they took in – pretty pathetic. Time for new management.
    Plus half of their expenses are derived from taxpayer money. How many other schemes like this are preying upon us in this state that we don’t even know about.

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