Mayoral hopeful Kathryn Garcia claims ignorance about unequal pay charge

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Former Sanitation Commissioner-turned-mayoral wannabe Kathryn Garcia claimed she didn’t know about unequal pay allegations made by 13 former agency workers — even though their salary complaints date back to 2017.

“That happened four months after I left so I haven’t seen what they were actually alleging,” Garcia said on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York” Thursday morning.

The program’s Rosanna Scotto asked Garcia about the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission case filed by the sanitation enforcement agents in February and exclusively reported on by The Post this week.

“That did not occur when I was there,” said Garcia, who resigned from the agency in September, shortly before announcing her mayoral bid.

But the issue is longstanding. The ticket agents held a public rally in 2017 to push for equal status with sanitation police, who are paid about twice as much for similar work. The enforcement agents argue they got lower salaries and fewer benefits because their workforce is largely women and minority compared to the sanitation police, who are mostly white men.

At the time, a spokesman for then-Commissioner Garcia said equal pay wasn’t possible because they take a separate civil service exam, according to an article in the Chief Leader.

And a campaign rep for Garcia told The Post earlier this week that the candidate would lobby for higher compensation for the ticket agents if she’s elected to run the Big Apple.

“As mayor, Kathryn will direct the City’s Office of Labor Relations to enter into negotiations with the SEA union to work toward equal pay,” said her rep, Annika Reno.

Garcia is gaining more attention and scrutiny following a New York Times endorsement that bumped her into the front of the mayoral pack, according to polls and fundraising totals.

The primary election is on June 22 and early voting starts on June 12.

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