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Some rookie cops in New York City are wondering why the city pays people the who pull the strings on a puppet $7,000 more per year than those risking their very life as a rookie NYPD officer.

The city Department of Parks & Recreation is advertising the fact that it's looking to hire up to three puppeteers for jobs that will pay between $32,275 and $50,242 a year with complete benefits and union representation.  That’s a whole lot better that the salary for a rookie NYPD cop, which is a measly $25,100 a year.

Retired NYPD cop Michael Fandal, who moonlighted as a children's party clown, was outraged by the job posting, and called for the city to stop playing around with police pay.

"I think it's sad that entertainers are being paid more money than starting cops," said Fandal, 57, who now works as a substitute teacher in the city’s schools.

"Looking at it from the police officers' point of view, they're risking their lives out there while puppeteers are getting more money for entertaining a couple of kiddies at no real risk.

"I think this puppet job will tick off police officers that their risks are not being appreciated," Fandal added.

Some critics say that the disparity between puppeteers and cops can be blamed on an arbitrator’s decision to pay $25,100 to a newly hired police officer in the NYPD. After six months the jumps to $32,700 and after 5 1/2 years on the job, the pay goes up to $59,588.

The latest contract between the NYPD patrol officers union and the city has expired and contract talks have been stalled over a multitude of issues including low starting pay for new hires.

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