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Nassau Notebook: McMahon Bashes NCPD's 'Wildly Lavish' Pay, 77 Burglary Arrests in 2012

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

McMahon: Police Contract a Key Obstacle to Recovery

On Wednesday, Newsday published an op-ed piece from E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute's Empire Center for New York State Policy in which he said that "it was inevitable that the county's police contract would emerge as a key obstacle to recovery" as Nassau "stumbled back into fiscal crisis mode."

McMahon discussed several problems with the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) including large salaries, generous pensions, vacation time, early retirement and "minimum manning" — the term applied to the requirement that all but two posts be filled during every shift in every police precinct.

From McMahon:

Unaffordable public employee union contracts are a problem all over New York. But the Nassau PBA contract is extraordinarily costly and inefficient, even absent the fabulously lucrative buyouts Nassau wants to give some veteran officers to go away. Median pay for Nassau officers as of 2011 was $150,000 -- 46 percent above the median for teachers, administrators and other professionals in Nassau school districts, who are among the best-paid K-12 educators in the country.

Jim Carver, President of the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, said there's a higher cost of living on Long Island and the Nassau cops are paid comparable to other law enforcement departments across the Island.

As for the "fabulously lucrative buyouts," Carver said that the termination pay was approved by the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA).

"NIFA gave the county authority to borrow $80 million in termination pay over the next three years and this was just a way of speeding up retirements -- for those who were looking to go -- to save payroll by hiring younger, less expensive police officers," Carver told Patch.

Mangano, Dale Announce 77 Arrests for Burglary in 2012

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale Thursday reported the arrest of 77 burglary-related individuals in the past 8 weeks, with 54 arrests related strictly to residential burglaries.  The arrest of eight individuals resulted in the closure of 34 burglary cases in 2012. According to police officials, a significant number of individuals arrested for home burglaries were addicted to or seeking prescription drugs.

According to Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki, since 2010 when Mangano took office, statistics indicate that overall major crime is down approximately 10 percent. However, residential burglaries are up by less than 1 percent.

According to statistics from the NCPD, there were 225 burglaries in the first month of 2012, compared with 133 in the first month of 2011.

Helen March 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I don't know what we can do for sure, but I do know that we have to do something and that includes vote. Let's forget what IS on LI on look to change things. We've got quite the mess here on LI and we keep burying our heads in the overpriced land and hope someday when we reemerge all will be sunny. Isn't gonna happen, nor is change overnight or in the near future, but we can put our voices together and work on it......
An tUasal Airgead March 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
These are the people that everyone should be venting about & to. These are the people responsible for the mess we are in, along with US, for ALLOWING them to get away with it !!! STOP THE PAY TO PLAY !!! It's not the Cops. It's not the Teachers. It's not the working people. It's the sleazebags we sent to represent us! Elected Town Officials http://toh.li/council-members http://www.northhempstead.com/content/7350/default.aspx http://oysterbaytown.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={42B6E716-ADFC-4CE4-820F-0D2C929AB158} Nassau County Elected Officials http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Legis/index.html NYS Assembly & Senate http://assembly.state.ny.us/ http://www.nysenate.gov/
Moe March 02, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Helen I have actually enjoyed reading your posts. You take the time to think about the actual issues with what seems to be a fair and unbiased eye. You do not resort to name calling and negativity, it is refreshing to see. I would hope that you are in a job position where you have the opportunity to influence things, it seems you would be good at it. Voting is important but unfortunately you have to have someone to vote for. It usually comes down to the lesser of two evils, because let's face it, most politicians have an agenda, one way or the other. The entire system is flawed. The system was never designed for career politicians, it was designed for citizens to serve their fellow citizens and then go back to their real jobs. Now that politics is a career, and a well paid one at that, people will do whatever they have to to hang onto their livelihood. Everyone talks about police pensions not being fair, take a look at what Senators get for one year on the job, even if they never get elected again. Is this current system fixable? I'm not one to throw my hands up and quit but it is seeming insurmountable. The system, top to bottom, needs a complete overhaul. Like someone else said, it's not the working man that's the problem, it's the system. Hope we come up with some answers soon. In the meantime, Helen, please run for office.
Helen March 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Moe, thank you for your kind words. I try to remain unbiased and calm among the calamity. Run for office? That's a compliment, but not my forte. I have always had a 'way with words' and again, thank you. This whole forum is for us to share and learn, not inflame or slander. You said it correctly - we are forced to chose two between two evils - who each have an agenda. However; by starting this rallying whisper perhaps we can turn it into a rally cry in the future and put those in charge on notice. Yes, the system is flawed, but not unfixable in the long run - if we all just ran away and hid a few hundred years ago this country wouldn't be standing - it's time to fix our mess - period. Moe, thanks again! You made my day.
tommy February 10, 2013 at 08:46 PM
hey robust are you talking about NCPD? they do not contribute into the pension fund. it is all on the TAXPAYERS. they should get a pension, but not as much as they do. PERIOD

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