Battle between police unions lands in court

BETHLEHEM, NY &#8211 The town’s police unions have taken a dispute over fundraising proceeds to court after the Police Supervisors Association filed a lawsuit against the Police Benevolent Association. The department’s lieutenants and sergeants split from the PBA and formed their own supervisors union in 2008, but agreed not to compete with the PBA’s annual […]

Democrats In New York Legislature Reject Move To 401(k) Retirement Plan

ALBANY, NY &#8211 Assembly Democrats rejected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to raise the retirement age and offer a 401(k)-type option to future workers in their version of the budget, according to a legislative memo released yesterday. The Assembly is expected to vote on its budget plan as early as today, said Ron Canestrari, Assembly Democratic […]

Chief Apologizes For Sending Officer On Midnight Visit To Reporter’s Home

BERKELEY, CA &#8211 The Berkeley police chief’s decision to send an officer to a reporter’s home after midnight Thursday met with more criticism Sunday, with the city’s rank-and-file officers saying they were “gravely concerned” about his actions. Chief Michael Meehan has apologized for ordering the department’s public information officer to go to the Berkeley home […]

Overtime Goes Up As Staffing Is Reduced In Police, Fire Departments

COSTA MESA, CA &#8211 Costa Mesa city employees brought home more than $6 million in overtime in 2011, nearly a $1-million increase from the year prior. The numbers indicate that, due to staffing reductions, fewer employees worked longer hours in 2011 than in 2010. In 2010, 418 employees earned $5,127,094.34 in overtime. Last year, 357 […]

Turnover In Omaha’s Police Chief Job Leads To High Pension Costs

OMAHA, NE &#8211 Omaha’s next police chief will be the city’s fourth in 4½ years. The last three men to hold the job all turned in retirement papers before they turned 50 — and will collect six-figure annual pensions for the rest of their lives. All three chiefs were young enough to go onto other […]

Firefighter Suspended For Calling Mayor A Murderer

HAVERHILL, MA Firefighter Todd Guertin had to do more than just apologize to Mayor James Fiorentini for calling him a murderer — he must work 72 unpaid hours as punishment for those comments, The Eagle-Tribune has learned. Guertin made the comments Wednesday morning, just hours after 84-year-old Phyllis Lamot died in a house fire on […]