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Orangetown Board Could Vote on Police Contract Tonight

The calendar for the 2013 budget process is also on the agenda for Tuesday's Orangetown Board meeting.

The resolution approving a five-year contract between the Town of Orangetown and the Orangetown Police is on the agenda for Tuesday's town board meeting.

The item was also on the agenda two weeks ago, but did not come to a vote. Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart said Monday that the odds were 50/50 that it would come to a vote Tuesday night.

The with the Rockland County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) would retroactively implement 2.25 percent raises for 2011. Orangetown police would see a 2.25 percent raise for 2012, 2.35 percent raise for 2013, 2.45 percent raise for 2014 and 2.50 percent raise for 2015. All other benefits would remain the same.

Councilmen Denis Troy, Tom Diviny and Paul Valentine have already signed off on the agreement, so the deal would likely pass once it comes to a vote. 

The town board could also adopt a calendar to schedule steps along the way to implementing the town's budget for 2013. That budget begins with the June 15 deadline for town department heads to submit capital budgets for 2013 and capital improvement plans for 2013 through 2017.

The next date on the budget is July 30, the deadline for department heads to submit estimated expenses and revenues for 2013. 

"One difference is we pushed up the date for departments to submit operating budgets to July 30," Orangetown Director of Finance Charles Richardson said. "The reason is to give the town supervisor time to be more involved and also to allow for the possibility that we may need to redo the budgets after the initial July 30 submittal."

"In these trying budget times, the more time we can put into the review and refining of the budget the better," Stewart said. "I am looking forward to it with a bit of trepidation. I know it's a huge undertaking. The town board is faced with tough decisions. We want as complete a picture as possible."

Sept. 24 will be the last day for Stewart to submit a tentative 2013 budget, which will be published on the town website. The legal deadline to adopt the budget is Nov. 20, 2012. The calendar would include a public budget hearing at 8 p.m. Nov. 7.

At last week's workshop meeting, Orangetown Town Attorney John Edwards stressed the importance of avoiding the "chaos" of last year's budget process, which went very close to the deadline after a vote to override the state mandated tax levy cap was defeated Nov. 9

The discussion of an override was not built into last year's budget calendar, in part because of the timing when the tax cap was signed into law by the state. A date to deal with that issue could still be added into the calendar. Oct. 23 is listed as the deadline to set a public hearing on a cap override if necessary.

The full agenda for Tuesday's meeting is attached to this report.

The agenda also includes the following:

  • Public hearing at 8 p.m. to amend the town code regarding Bureau of Fire Prevention fees and working hours
  • Public hearing at 8:05 p.m. to consider a petition fro Pearl River Veterans to amend conditions for The Point at Lake Tappan.
  • Declaration of surplus equipment by the Orangetown Highway Department, which could then sell the equipment. 
  • Consider a request by the Vestry of Christ Church for an historic preservation project at 416 Valentine Ave. in Sparkill. 
John Roache June 27, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Easy Charlie!!! Relax!!
Scotty June 27, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I believe its a fair trade....work week ends, miss real important family functions, weddings , graduations, birthdays, thanksgiving day dinners, christmas mornings and dinners, superbowl games, children's plays, proms, sports games, get forced to work the next shift and not have a say about it, get up before the sun comes up and work overtime...compensated but still tough, so on and so on. That has happened to me in the last 25 1/2 years and I'm not complaining or being ungrateful. I raised two daughters, have a great little house ( in Rockland ! ) and still at it with retirement just around the corner. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat...it's not the money...never was...just a good pension with benefits ( which I was promised through contract negotiations). Oh yeah...hospitalized twice with on the job injuries, scared the hell out of my wife, three knee operations, healed and went back to work...no restrictions. Walk a mile or two in my shoes...it ain't pretty but its honest.
Think4urself June 27, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Wow! Sounds like the only people who have it worse than you are the ones in the North Korean prison camps. Life in those camps ain't pretty either-Honestly.
somecommonsense June 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM
What a great comparison Thoughtless4urself: the life of a cop vs life in a North Korean prison camp. What a wonderful analogy, and so applicable too. Your comments over the last few weeks have deteriorated to the point of idiocy
Think4urself July 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Nocommonsense- It's takes intelligence to understand sarcasm and that's why you don't get my comments. BTW, If you find them so idiotic, why are you reading them and responding to them? Your comments are dull and that's the biggest sin on this website.

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