UPDATED: Clarkstown Town Board Ratifies Agreement With PBA

New five-year deal includes 2.5 percent annual increases


The Clarkstown Town Board approved a new five-year agreement with the Rockland County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association with 2.5 percent increases each year. The contract, approved by the town board on Tuesday, goes into effect on January 1, 2013 and ends December 31, 2017.

Negotiations were ongoing between the town and bargaining team for the Rockland County PBA, which represents the town’s police officers, for a successor to the 2011-2012 agreement. They reached a tentative settlement on May 1.  The union voted on it late Tuesday afternoon and passed it.  The resolution to approve the agreement was a late addition to the meeting agenda.

PBA President John Hanchar spoke about the new contract. 

"The PBA agreed to a cost of living raise that is less than what an aribtrator awarded just a short time ago," said Hanchar. "This agreement saves the town the cost of arbitration, and is less then raises received by comparable agencies in the region. The average homeowner pays about $1.50 a day for a 24/7/365 accredited police department that is among the finest in the nation."

The agreement includes a detective's call-in policy and shift differential. He said there are nine shifts each week that do not have a detective on duty. Under the policy, a detective volunteers to be on call for that shift and is paid for one hour at their regular rate to be on call. If the detective is called in to work, then their regular rate goes into effect for the hours worked.

The contract provides a two percent shift differential for the 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. tour.  Officers work a rotating schedule and starting in January 2015 will receive the differential when they are assigned to the 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. schedule.  

Hanchar noted the department has 10 fewer officers than a decade ago and is handling an increasing volume of calls that have made Clarkstown police the busiest town police department in the state.



The police department currently has 159 members, which does not include the two officers whose retirements were announced Tuesday night. The budgeted number is 163. Chief Michael Sullivan said he has asked for three more officers to be hired in light of another two or three retirements expected in June.  

Mary May 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Dana...maybe those statistics have something to do with the morals and character of Clarkstown residents...
Ken McQuade May 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
The Verizon workers should dump their union and get the PBA to represent them. Working since last August without a contract terrible.
Mike Hirsch May 17, 2012 at 12:30 AM
It's not their union's fault, Ken. Their union is negotiating with management (who have to provide good service at an affordable price, or they go out of business). Their union does not have governmental protection in the form of state laws that protect them (due to the bought and paid for public representatives that rely on union support to keep their jobs). State law says that the CPD can work without a contract and their pay and benefits keep accrueing, so why negotiate? That's the difference between unions in the public and private sector.
Also Stephany. REMEBER that guy who killed the teacher ..clarkstown had helicopters huge police force all over the area...I beleive the alledged perp was very distinguishble .YET WHO FOUND HER???a lady that evening in or around main street in New City saw hime walking..so its many many times the citizen who is the solution...interesting..
Mike Hirsch May 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The Auxilliary Police would be used for desk jobs and jobs that don't require arrest authority. The squad size can be cut 10% and overtime can be limited. I like and respect our new Chief alot. He has the support of the department. We're paying him alot more than they pay Ray Kelly in NYC. For that price he should be able to figure out a way to give us the service that we need at a lower cost.


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