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.

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.


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