Malverne residents at odds over cops'...

Malverne residents at odds over cops' odd days off

There are 35 comments on the Newsday story from Apr 14, 2008, titled Malverne residents at odds over cops' odd days off. In it, Newsday reports that:

Malverne residents are quick to praise their village police officers. But giving them paid days off for working on Child Health Day, Haym Salomon Day and some 20 other obscure holidays? "It's totally ...

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John - Willy Park

Bronx, NY

#1 Apr 14, 2008
Malverne police union attorney David Davis defended the practice and.......

Sadly, this is what it has come down to for the taxpayers. Nothing but plain and simple greed. Get all you can. Hooray for us and screw you.
Tony from Brooklyn

East Hampton, NY

#2 Apr 14, 2008
You people got what you voted for. Now its come back to bite you in the butt. Why am I not surprised. One comment in the article is typical, "I don't want to critize the police." Why not? I thought your tax dollars pay the police salaries. I thought the police work at the behest of the citizens of the village, town, city, county or state that pays the policeman's salary. It seems the public thinks the police are all powerful and can do no wrong. Let me clue you in on something. The police are people just the same as anyone else and can and will lie, cheat and steal. In this case the police via their union are stealing pure and simple.
Bob in Malverne

Bronx, NY

#3 Apr 14, 2008
Let's see what the Mayor will do now that's it has hit the bright light of the public's eyes.

This should not be in the next contract, and what Mayor and trustee have approved the contract's past and present, are there any on the present board?

Shocking!!!
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#4 Apr 14, 2008
shame, shame, shame, shame on you.....

someone needs to call arnold diaz and have this corruption investigated.
ncfs

AOL

#5 Apr 14, 2008
outrageous, simply outrageous, how did this contract ever pass? you have to point the blame at the town officials for passing this and also point blame at the person or persons who conceived this idea to put such ridiculous provisions in the contract, once again, and listen up politicians, should we not squeel when we are getting it up the shaft by all you theives, you can not trust a single politician, not one , all out for themselves, and now apparently so are the police, give them a gun and a badge and presto, you have someone as close to God as you can get , arrogant, prima donnas, not here to serve and protect, but here to rape and pillage
Get It Right Newsday

Oakland Gardens, NY

#6 Apr 14, 2008
"Police Chief John Aresta, who has benefited from the practice, told the village board about the perk in December and deleted the officers' accrued credit for time off for those days. The union filed a grievance, claiming breach of contract, and the dispute is to be resolved in an arbitration process that is expected to take several months."
Newday fail to mention some important facts. Not surprising.
FACT: This "practice" started in 2004. Aresta only received 1 day in 2004 and never even took the comp time off. 2 other days were added to his time without his knowledge and again, he never took the time or benefited from the time as Newsday failed to mention.
FACT: This clause has been in the contract for over 30 yrs, but was only exploited under the current PBA president's direction. Maybe the union president should stop hiding and answer questions as to why this is. He isn't even a Malverne resident! So why should he care!!
Speak for yourselves PBA members! Explain yourselves!!
Fixed income resident

United States

#7 Apr 14, 2008
Who will guard the guards themselves?Unless the Malverne police dept. wakes up to the outrage they are perpetrating on this village with these absurd holidays and who-knows- what-other perks, it's time for the Nassau County police to take over this square mile of Nassau county. Twice the taxes for half the coverage; nice work if you can get it.
Guardian Angel

New York, NY

#8 Apr 14, 2008
They didnt tell you about one other holiday.... Screw the tax payer holiday.
Jim

New York, NY

#9 Apr 14, 2008
If they didn't get time off for Groundhog Day and Flag Day, then that would be a travesty.

The fault lies with whoever negotiates the contract for the Village of Malverne - you can't blame the police for this one.
DPS

New York, NY

#10 Apr 14, 2008
This is a disgrace all around. It demonstrates a lack of oversight by the Village Board, who are so quick to trumpet their "fiscal responsibility." How does $500,000 in overtime sneak by them? I do, however, give Mayor McDonald credit for bringing this to light. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

The police should be ashamed. They acted like lapdogs at the command of some PBA President who decided that he would change the understanding of the contract language after 25 years. Are they not guided -- even a little -- by common sense and fair play? Many of them are our neighbors for cryin' out loud!

I also give credit to Chief Aresta for taking this stand. I'm sure it is not easy.


tired of it

Andover, NJ

#11 Apr 14, 2008
Unions HAD their day.. now it's time for people to actually Work.

No more Unions, they have killed the US production Work force and they are costin Tax payers millions
shameless-li

Denver, CO

#12 Apr 14, 2008
tired of it wrote:
Unions HAD their day.. now it's time for people to actually Work.
No more Unions, they have killed the US production Work force and they are costin Tax payers millions
i agree, no more tenure for teachers either
Malvern aka Mayberry

Paterson, NJ

#13 Apr 14, 2008
What about the 4th of July fireworks at Firemens Field every year?
The whole department is on duty, how many are on overtime?
wrong

Trenton, NJ

#14 Apr 14, 2008
Malvern aka Mayberry wrote:
What about the 4th of July fireworks at Firemens Field every year?
The whole department is on duty, how many are on overtime?
That's in Valley Stream!
mister hard driver

Huntington, NY

#15 Apr 14, 2008
[[[But, in these tough economic times, many residents said it just isn't fair to pay police officers for these types of holidays.]]]

even in wildly prosperous times it isnt fair to give them 22 holidays per year. do they also get (like ncpd) a day off for giving blood?
shine the light on some of these contracts and you'll understand why taxes spiral on this island.

hey guys, Happy Cambodian New Year.
dont worry

Seaford, NY

#16 Apr 15, 2008
Thank God for Unions...
now that this is over

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#17 Apr 15, 2008
they should , have t/p on theses broads, that approve this nonsenses.
now that this is over

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#18 Apr 15, 2008
dont worry wrote:
Thank God for Unions...
look @ the taxes, i read on s\the ssa web site, state/local pensions, are going to be oofset by ssa, so @ least, theses pigs, don;t geat a whole deal, bush, did something right, by mistake, how did that happen??????????
now that this is over

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#19 Apr 15, 2008
John - Willy Park wrote:
Malverne police union attorney David Davis defended the practice and.......
Sadly, this is what it has come down to for the taxpayers. Nothing but plain and simple greed. Get all you can. Hooray for us and screw you.
i wonder if the pig atty, getting a deal on nys pension, like the other pig attys
SplitHead

Hicksville, NY

#20 Apr 15, 2008
Didnt the Malverne police get
Dunkin Donuts Day off as well?

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