Suffolk correction officers receive $20M pay package

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Suffolk's correction officers, who have gone without a raise for six years, received a $20-million pay package in binding arbitration yesterday. Full Story
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eric

Ridge, NY

#1 Mar 5, 2009
so i guess my taxes will go up so the FEW can have a raise while the many suffer in this economy if you want more money maybe you should get another job if you can! Instead of holding up the local taxpayers
Lawng Islanda

Bayport, NY

#2 Mar 5, 2009
They got a much better contract, because Levy wouldn't negotiate fairly with them. What else is new? He has absolutely no social skills and is an ego maniac. Good for them! They deserve it for working with that scum. If we want quality we will pay for it and that goes for all public employees....and private for that matter. Do we really want the quality of people that work at Riker's to work out here....and no I'm not a corrections officer OR any kind of public employee for that matter. I'm just willing to pay a little extra to live in a nice place. If you don't care or want all for nothing you need to move.
just a co

Bronx, NY

#4 Mar 5, 2009
levy did not negociate fairly. He claims he did, but in no way shape or form did he do so fairly. Ask any civil service union in the county if he does. As civil service employees all we ask is for the same raise that levy gave himself, "A cost of living raise". He feels that the men and women of law enforcement do not deserve that. Shame on him, and shame on the people who don't see him for what he is. He puts public saftey at risk everyday.
wow

Patchogue, NY

#5 Mar 5, 2009
Good job.
Sick of it all

Stony Brook, NY

#6 Mar 5, 2009
Listen my friend, Eric...We are not talking about getting raises in THIS economy, the contract was for 2004 and 2005. That leaves '06,'07,'08 and '09 still needing to be discussed. All of the Correction Officers are Suffolk County Residents and...EUREKA! Pay taxes in Suffolk County too! They deserve cost of living increases that reflect the economy in 2004 and 2005, and so fourth. Steve Levy is anti-labor. At $180,000+ a year, if he is so "for the tax-payers"...how about a paycut for him? My husband, on a daily basis, goes to jail. He deals with rapists, murderers, drug addicts and theives...to name a few. I work full-time, and even with both of our salaries, we find it difficult to live even a modest lifestyle in Suffolk County. This contract was long overdue, and very much appreciated.

A Proud Wife of a Suffolk County Correction Officer
Run262

Bayport, NY

#7 Mar 5, 2009
When the economy was doing great many people looked down upon correction officers. Now that there's been recessionary indicators and a slump in the stock market some are criticizing municipal payrolls cause they're jealous.

It's shameful they had to wait 6 yrs for a contract. That indicates problems with the sheriff himself.
what

Bayport, NY

#8 Mar 5, 2009
eric wrote:
so i guess my taxes will go up so the FEW can have a raise while the many suffer in this economy if you want more money maybe you should get another job if you can! Instead of holding up the local taxpayers
Jealous? Take the test!! Jack A$$
Sally-Two Trees

Rockville, MD

#9 Mar 5, 2009
Son, we live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lieutenant Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.
Newsday Addict

United States

#10 Mar 5, 2009
eric wrote:
so i guess my taxes will go up so the FEW can have a raise while the many suffer in this economy if you want more money maybe you should get another job if you can! Instead of holding up the local taxpayers
Did you read the article?[i]The county already has budgeted the money to pay for the award.[/i]
mike g

West Islip, NY

#11 Mar 5, 2009
I am a public servant and grossly underpaid by NYC compared to Long Island. To anyone who thinks the civil servants do not deseve fair raises just because the econmy is bad then strap on gun, bullet proof vest, fire gear or work in a prison for 2 weeks. Its no joke people these type of jobs can only be done by a few persons who can handle the stress and daily life threats. Civil servants in public safety are paid for the possiblity of grave injury and / or death. Our lives are shorter due to chronic stress and injuries. We work holidays, weekends, nights, rotating shifts. We are givien pensions after 20 or 25 years in case of suffolk deputies and corrections 25 years because the jobs are for young people. We are like major league athletes in our prime for 20 years and then age will make us less effective. Everyone loves to blame the pensions and salaries we get as the reason for high taxes. Look at your tax bill the police and public safety is not the major part of the bill. The way municipalites save money is to push off negotiations for years. They push the pay off to another fiscal year. Back pay is most always not paid w/ the interest lost by the civil servants had they invested it at the time it should have been received.The Taylor Law is the stacked to favor the municipality. The PERB is meant to level the field.The Sheriiffs are receiving monies they should have received when the economy was good. Poor management by Steve Levy not to negotiate in good faith when he had money to pay them . Im a Suffolk resident employeed by NYC. I am grossly underpaid compared to Public Safety on LI but I will not gripe if my tax bill goes up to pay these guys or Suffolk PD. I know the abuse the type of job entails. They earn every dollar sometimes in BLOOD!- Remember last week a 2nd Pct SCPD Officer was killed by a Drunk Driver!!
Run262

Freeport, NY

#12 Mar 5, 2009
Mike G

Thank you for your contributions. Despite a minority of chronic complainers, most citizens repsect what you do. Stay safe.
Hmmm

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Mar 5, 2009
Fewer corrections officers, more stun guns. That ought to make for more efficient prison policing. Actually, if they just suspend surveillance, etc. and just let the inmates destroy each other, the problem will kinda sort itself out.
mike g

West Islip, NY

#14 Mar 5, 2009
To ERIC - How about you take your gripe out on The County Executive. He put off the bargaining and is now paying it out when it was due several years ago. Just because people work for a municipality doesn't mean they too should always have the budget balanced on their salaries. As I explained before this is a tactic used everywhere not just Suffolk County. Number two Eric - Shut your mouth and take the test - just have to wake up on a saturday morning and show up!! 3rd - We want our Sheriffs awake on their tours - your thing about get a second job - most likely many may have a second job - but the shifts rotate and this is not a 9 -5 job allowing for easy 2nd jobs. So again Eric shut your mouth and pray you never ever need a Suffolk County Sheriff to assist you because all you care about is that he earns low pay and works two jobs!!
mike g

West Islip, NY

#15 Mar 5, 2009
To all I used the term Sheriff I should have said Corrections Officers. I will leave it to those members to explain the difference. Both jobs are equally dangerous but I realize the article was about the corrections contract not the Sheriffs Contract. My argument is still the same Steve Levy stalled the talks!!
Jackpot Jackpot

Mesquite, NV

#16 Mar 5, 2009
If this is true this guy hit the Jackpot ! After he pays his Lawyer he can have a Good time with his FAMIY !
What were you thinking

Hampton Bays, NY

#17 Mar 6, 2009
I hope for the most part that contract is what you hoped for. You have taken it on the chin for way to long now. This should never have happened. 6 years without a contract is unheard of. FLSA will hurt you in long run I'm afraid, but 8.1 percent makes up for it a little. Your job is under appreciated. Even by some in fellow law enforcement I'm afraid. Not by me.
Bravo

Lady Lake, FL

#18 Mar 6, 2009
I am not a corrections officer but I applaud their raise. For too long, they have been mistreated by the Sheriff's dept and their job is a difficult and dangerous occupation. God bless them and keep them safe.
Wake up Suffolk County

Yorktown Heights, NY

#19 Mar 6, 2009
Levy didn't negotiate fairly folks. He offered 0% increase for year 2004 and 2005. With no check to pay these people back. So he can claim all he wants. The truth is He hates Civil service employees. Be sure to know that he makes sure he gets his raise every year and that he didn't have to wait to get his money.
These people go to work everyday, risk their lives. They work with rapists, murderers, drug addicts and theives. This job is just as dangerous if not more as a police officer.
Cost of living would be nice for those men and women to have. Shame on them for letting this go on for 6 years.
It will be a shame if this contract isn't as fair as it sounds.
Worried about your taxes going up. These men and women pay taxes as well. And the huge check you think they will get is taxed at 48%. So they still lose out.
Many of these families work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet just like everyone else.
George Carlin Says it's all Bull_____it! You can put anything on paper and make it look good. And that is what Levy does. Time to wake up and see when we are being lied to.
I hope that 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 will be a contract for these people that gives them cost of living. And the back pay they deserve.
I would love to see Levy work in the jail for 2 weeks. Maybe then he would wake up. But don't count on it folks.
These men and woman are so under appreciated.
Steve Levy shame on you! I am sure you don't care, and you will continue to take care of yourself. As well as continue to lie to the people of Suffolk County as well as put everyones safety at risk!
(Anyone in Suffolk worried about this)?
To all the men and woman who keep us safe GOD BLESS YOU!
John Gottis Corpse

New York, NY

#20 Mar 6, 2009
Sick of it all wrote:
Listen my friend, Eric...We are not talking about getting raises in THIS economy, the contract was for 2004 and 2005. That leaves '06,'07,'08 and '09 still needing to be discussed. All of the Correction Officers are Suffolk County Residents and...EUREKA! Pay taxes in Suffolk County too! They deserve cost of living increases that reflect the economy in 2004 and 2005, and so fourth. Steve Levy is anti-labor. At $180,000+ a year, if he is so "for the tax-payers"...how about a paycut for him? My husband, on a daily basis, goes to jail. He deals with rapists, murderers, drug addicts and theives...to name a few. I work full-time, and even with both of our salaries, we find it difficult to live even a modest lifestyle in Suffolk County. This contract was long overdue, and very much appreciated.
A Proud Wife of a Suffolk County Correction Officer
In the past 2 years housing's down 30% and oil down 60%. Salaries should therefore be reduced by around 45%. Thank you.
GetOutOfMyFace

East Setauket, NY

#21 Mar 7, 2009
just a co wrote:
levy did not negociate fairly. He claims he did, but in no way shape or form did he do so fairly.
To the contrary, Levy negotiated brilliantly. I'm thankful he represents ALL the people of Suffolk Country, not just government union bloodsuckers.

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