Nassau County Collective Bargaining Agreement

The vote in the Republican-controlled legislature was 16-3, with minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), Legis. Siela Bynoe (D-Westbury) and Legis. CarriƩ Solages (D-Valley Stream) voted no. They argued that the district legislator should not approve agreements with criminal prosecutions until Nassau has implemented a state-mandated police reform plan. Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Mitte, is joined by other county lawmakers as he announces reforms that will overhaul elections in Nassau County at a news conference in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building, Mineola, Wednesday, August 12, 2020. Credit: Charles Eckert The new terms and conditions are retroactive from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2026. Members will receive annual increases of 2% from 2020; 2%; 2.5%; 2.5%; 3% and 3% under the agreement. County officials said costs to the county will be minimal by 2022, when staff costs are expected to increase by $6 million, and by $8 million in 2023, $11 million in 2024 and $14 million in 2025. Also on Monday, Nassau MPs approved a $125,000 deal with Bobby Hayes of Garden City.

Hayes, who is black, sued the county in federal court for false arrest by Nassau police, as well as false detention and malicious prosecution. If the Senior Officers` Pact were to be adopted, it would be the second collective agreement concluded under Curran`s government. Curran, a Democrat, will be reissued next year. In a letter to Curran on Thursday, Abraham, Bynoe and Solages wrote that “efforts to expedite this agreement are clearly premature and would imprison the county in a CBA collective agreement that provides no provision for the implementation of a reform plan that has yet to be presented.” Bynoe said that while she respected the work of the police, her “tied hands” were tied because of the timing of the contract. She said she believed that after further discussions on law enforcement reforms, there was still time for the agreement to be adopted. The SOA reached an agreement on a new 81-year contract with Curran, which was ratified by its members in September. He`s following the detectives` contract. But the detective agreement was approved by the county`s legislative office in December 2019, three months before COVID-19 crushed sales tax revenue and five months before George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. The proposed agreement receives good evaluations from all parties involved, but support from NIFA, the state regulator that oversees the county`s finances, has a restriction: the county can only afford the new contract if it refinances more than $350 million in debt. The SOA agreement must be approved by the Nassauische Interim Finance Authority, the district`s financial control office.

Under the agreement, backed by Laura Curran County Executive, the county`s costs will increase by a total of $39 million between 2022 and 2025, district officials said. Minority leader Kevan Abrahams and his colleagues CarriƩ Solages and Siela Bynoe joined the opposition and asked that the contract not be approved until the county adopted a police reform plan, in accordance with an executive order issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo after Floyd`s death. It requires state municipalities, with a police force, to come up with a plan to allay fears of aggressive police work by minority communities. Members also agreed to wear body cameras during the patrol and receive a $3,000 grant for the implementation of the county`s body camera program, which is scheduled to begin in September.

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