Early Retirement on the Table for Peekskill City Workers

The Peekskill Common Council will discuss a plan to offer early retirement for city workers during Monday's work session.


The Peekskill Committee of the whole plans to discuss a resolution to enact retirement incentive program for the city’s employees during today’s public work session.

All municipal workers 55 or older will be eligible for the program, which is being done to ease the impact of the layoffs built into acting City Manager Brian Havranek’s $35.6 million budget proposal for 2013. Havranek’s proposal would cut 31 full-time jobs, seven which are currently vacant, and nine part-time jobs in the city.

Employees who take the early retirement package would receive $500 for every year worked, with a maximum cap of $12,000.

The incentive program caps the number of police officers who can apply at three and the number of firefighters who can apply at two. This is being done to maintain proper staffing levels with the police and fire departments, according to the resolution.

Firefighters and police officers will be allowed to apply on a first come, first serve basis. A copy of the resolution is attached to this story.

Tonight’s work session begins at 6:30 p.m. in city hall.

Silent Majority October 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Thats a very small incentive. I think the City can make great strides in reaching back out to the community by giving up the Pizza's and donuts they have at the Council work sessions, and make an even greater symbolism by giving up their $8K or so check they get for being on the Council/Mayor. That would be a savings of around $60K keeping a position for someone.
jo October 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM
dump the behemoth Fire House ... keep the jobs..
sayitsnotsojack October 15, 2012 at 01:34 PM
What is lost in this is people who work and belong to a municipal employer union think they are entitled to lifetime jobs, and out of control pension and health plans. They are not, if you choose to work for a public sector that is a decision you make. To say you are paid less and that makes you exempt from ever being laid off is nonsense. Who among us has not bristled at the inefficiency of public institutions with their insulated employees? When the economy was booming who among these public employees did not want a bigger pay raise, free health, and do everything to pad their retirement pensions. Public employees and their unions think they are immune from the real world. Yes all of us, public employees and not must take a larger share in overseeing what the elected officials are doing to keep the city from getting into such a mess, we the people collectively have made this happen. Aside from marching the other night how many city employees ever attended a council meeting?
Liz Claire October 15, 2012 at 02:33 PM
You miss the point, sayitsnotsojack. The issue isn't one of entitlement. It's a protest against mismanagement by the Common Council. All the City workers I've met are good, hard-working people. The only appropriate forum in which they can speak out is departmental meetings, And if they dare to challenge Mary Foster, they risk losing their job. If you need a sense of how good the people of Peekskill are, look at what the teachers recently did. They agreed to concessions so no one would lose his or her job. Mary Foster and the Council have made this impossible because of all of their wasteful spending Yes, a new firehouse someday, but not in this economy. No the City had no business buying land. Where's the vibrant downtown they promised years ago? Where's the free parking? Where's the clean downtown? Years ago it was predicted that a Foster Administration would ruin our City. That prediction has been proved right. How can the Paramount ever succeed when Foster has made the downtown so unattractive it can't pack the house? You, sayitsnotsojack, are articulating a prejudice, not facts. Explain what is inefficient about our City so we can improve it. Don't just rant from your armchair.
sayitsnotsojack October 15, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I must disagree with you, what I am being is pragmatic and I will repeat "Yes all of us, public employees and not must take a larger share in overseeing what the elected officials are doing to keep the city from getting into such a mess, we the people collectively have made this happen. Aside from marching the other night how many city employees ever attended a council meeting?" If we did more of what I am trying to say no employee should be afraid of his position for speaking his opinions. It is all our fault this is occurring but who will step and run for office next?
Super Niceguy October 15, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Good, hopefully it is a win-win for all. Eventually, pension and health benefits will have to be put on the table for our municipal workers; fully paid health care and pensions and the overall goal of growth for the city and to keep taxes reasonable do not seem to co-exist. Private companies have moved to 401k plans and have their employees who elect health coverage to pay for a portion of the premium. A gradual change will help the city control cost, and not unreasonable considering the economy. Cutting back on the fire station to fund pensions and benefits is not the answer and neither is slashing all benefits to build it. A centralized state of the art fire station seems to be a good idea for Peekskill . . .
Marge Hamil October 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Who will run the City? The woman who speaks the most at meetings - Mary Beth McGowan - she speaks up when no one speaks to her - she speaks to most arguments and amazingly, Queen Mary lets her. Rest assured she and Mary conspire on all issues. There is no doubt that woman expects to be our next mayor.
stephanie October 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I don't feel that city employees should attend a council meeting if it doesn't have to do with what is going on right now. as. For the new firehouse we don't need it i am a firemens daughter and i know for a fact we have 5 firehouses which i might add is sufficient enough for the city. now as For laying off people from there jobs why dont Mary foster start with herself and the rest of the common council and that so called acting city manager they wontdo that now i read that they want to offer a early retirement for city employees that are 55 and older i don't feel they should you want to save money get rid of the ideaof putting up that new so called firehouse then you will have money or better yet stop spending money on things the city don't need oh say like the art buildings i never see anyone go there
leesther brown October 15, 2012 at 05:47 PM
You are right sayitsnotso,,,If you ain't sitting at the table you're what's being served..The citizens must make the choice to take a chance for changes and I'm going to get a lot of phone calls,but the "Black" folks in this community need to stop hiding behind the Democratic Party here in Peekskill.....#choiceschanceschanges2013
RealTimeRufus October 15, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Never! The feeding of Mayor McCheese most continue at all times. How else are we to keep our beloved, yet portly, sovereign running? Your suggestion reeks of treason! J'accuse! I charge you with lese majeste against Her Rotundity!
RealTimeRufus October 15, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Of course I meant "must" continue but the point should have been clear! Onward to the buffet!
Rasheed Oluwa (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 07:03 PM
RealTime, I need you to cool it a bit with the comments. There's no need to go down that road.
Thats right i said it! October 15, 2012 at 08:59 PM
F everyone, the city is a joke and it starts with the city counsel!
Warwick Deeping, Borzoi October 15, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Well said, my man.
Bzkat14 October 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM
For the size of our city I think that incentive isn't too bad... Does everyone not see that WE ALL are in deep , every city is... What we need us to stop slinging at everyone & send that energy to where it will make a difference...I'm sure as hell not happy with things in our city especially out taxes.. But we need to try to do something but complain.. I don't know what to do either , but blaming Marybeth for being a puppet of the mayors is more mud slinging.. Stop the crap.. Mud slinging is what our Presidents use to get elected & if they stopped digging for crap on each other & stuck to the issues we'd maybe be able to have a real election based on FACTS......
peekskillman October 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
stephanie-while I'll respect your opinion, I have to disagree; many of the City employees ARE City residents, and have the right to be heard, whether on this issue or others. Also agree with you that the firehouse needs to be stopped, it is a monstrosity that should be put on the back burner for a long while. Since your dad is a fireman, who I respect for the job that they do, perhaps the pay and free cars for the volunteer fire chiefs should be stopped. Im told that this money adds up to almost $25K; not enough to save a position, but a start. Other areas that could help is the pay for the city historian,the landscaper who is politically connected and gets the landscaping and flower pot job year after year (we need hundreds of mums on Broad St planted in the traffic island, Manzer's?) Perhaps the sale or rental of the Paramount to independent business owner, instead of throwing money at it in the hopes it will grow. Or maybe chaarging a fee to the various ethinc and civic groups parades to recoup the police and dpw costs,and this includes the Peekskill celebration. I could go on, but you see the point. Small ideas that could have a impact....
shakemdown October 16, 2012 at 05:04 AM
Leesther Brown you are right, you will get a whole lot of phone calls, i will be calling you too, but my call will be to tell you that you hit the nail right on the head. where are our so-call community leaders. our city workers are being given pink slips and our so-call leaders are as quiet as a church mouse.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something