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Peekskill Officials, Police Agree on Deal

The Common Council is moving to finalize a deal with the Peekskill Police Benevolent Association for 2011 and 2012. Both sides must still a negotiate a contract for next year.

Peekskill officials and police union officials have finally come to terms on a new contract.

Unfortunately, the agreement is only for 2011 and 2012 and the process will start all over again in 2013.

On Monday, the Peekskill Common Council approved a resolution authorizing acting City Manager Brian Havranek to finalize an agreement that the city reached with the police union on Nov. 25.

The agreement amends police salary increases to two percent in 2011 and 2012.  Officers will also be required to pay 11 percent of the health insurance costs they select and will now be able to scan in to work one block of four hours at a time.

The last police contract expired in 2010.

“We’re pleased to have settled this contract with the police,” Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster said Monday. “It does bring us current and the new contract negotiations begin immediately next month. In these really difficult times, with the tax cap, 2 percent salary increases do not anticipate the amount of increases we have to deal with...I know as we move forward contract negotiations will continue to be prolonged, but we are very supportive of our police department. We think they do a great job and I know everybody will work hard to make sure we have a fair contract for 2013 and 2014."

A copy of the resolution is available in the PDF attached to this story.

john basic December 11, 2012 at 04:29 PM
now just stop the crazy OT in the last year of an indivudual policeperson and maybe the pension costs will start to get in line.
Fred December 11, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Good job to our police department on a good job that you do. And good job to the common counsel for keeping costs from getting to high.
Tom Cole December 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Anyone interested in finding out which member of the Peekskill Common Council has still not paid their bills to get elected? Just doesn't seem right......making decisions for an entire community and stiffing local business people.
sayitsnotsojack December 12, 2012 at 02:16 AM
We need the police a lot more than an assistant to the assistant.
ED HICKEY December 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I also believe that the contract is reasonable and that the Peekskill Police truly have been doing an outstanding job keeping Peekskill as safe as possible in these turbulent times that have nearby towns becoming drug/gang war zones. Their job is only going to become more difficult and dangerous as every community addresses the daunting and ominous task of surviving the epidemic of dismal fiscal states. Wishing the best for Peekskill's recently retired police chief Tumolo, and am also ecstatic to see Lt. Eric Johansen get the well deserved opportunity of being "acting" chief. Eric, born and raised here in Peekskill, is an exceptionally hard working officer and has been his entire career. He genuinely loves his hometown and will face whatever he needs to in the hopes the city can return to the warm community it once was ... safe ... and loaded with local business. It would be an absolute travesty if the new resolution recently passed that makes being a current resident an absolute requirement for one to be appointed fulltime chief, results in preventing the most qualified officer in Lt. Johansen from being appointed. Nothing less than local outrage would be expected and justified.

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