Randy Mancusor, 57, started his job as a marine oiler in the 1970s, and made a decent living at the time. But after nearly 40 years oiling machinery on the Staten Island Ferry, he said his salary increases have not kept up with the rising cost of living in New York City.
“The increase doesn’t completely stop the bleeding of inflation,” he said. “The price of everything has gone up since then – housing, gas… Just air hasn’t.”
The Windsor Terrace resident hopes his son, now 19 and a first-year student at the City University of New York studying criminal psychology, will find a white-collar job after his graduation.