Sag Harbor Village Police officers will receive retroactive pay raises, effectively immediately.
In a ruling earlier this month, a three-person public arbitration panel decided on 2.5-percent raises for the 2011 and 2012 fiscal years, meeting right in the middle of separate proposals from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association and Sag Harbor Village. The PBA initially sought 4.5-percent annual wage increases for each year, while the village offered a 1-percent wage increase effective June 1, 2012, and a 2-percent wage increase starting June 1, 2013.
All new hires will be required to cover 15 percent of their health insurance premiums. The village had asked for new employees to contribute 25 percent.
In the agreement, signed off on by panel members Vincent Toomey, who was appointed by the village, and David A. Davis, appointed by the PBA, the panel said that while the PBA’s request of a 4.5-percent annual wage increase was not warranted, the village’s offer was “not justified either, nor consistent with other East End police settlements.”
The arbitration panel agreement comes after months of negotiations in 2011 and 2012. The PBA had filed for the arbitration in 2012, as its members had been working without a contract since June 2011.
The PBA includes all police officers in the village, excluding Police Chief Thomas Fabiano. The contract last went into arbitration in 2007 after expiring in 2005.
PBA President Pat Milazzo was not available for comment this week.
Sag Harbor Mayor Brian Gilbride said he was satisfied with the panel’s ruling. “I think the arbitrator worked very hard to resolve some issues,” he said. “It’s fair for the village, it’s fair for both sides, and we move forward from there.”