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Town, police agree on contracts; Officers will get back pay soon

Hamburg Town Police officers and their commanders will be getting thousands of dollars of retroactive pay, possibly this month.

The Police Benevolent Association and the Command Officers recently settled contracts with the town.

Patrol officers had been working without a contract for nearly two years, and they agreed to a seven-year contract taking them through Dec. 31, 2016. They will see an average annual pay increase of about 2.9 percent.

The lieutenants and captains had been without a contract for nearly one year. They agreed to a five-year contract that ends Dec. 31, 2015, which provides raises of 2.75 percent each year.

Under the contract, captains will make $101,352 next year, and lieutenants at the top of the scale will make $91,850.

The new contract inserts two steps to reach the full lieutenant's pay, compared with no steps in the old contract, Supervisor Steven J. Walters said. Other changes include the elimination of the sick bank and the ability for the town to change dental and vision insurance companies.

The town and PBA had reached an impasse during negotiations.

Under the new contract, PBA members will receive raises of 2.75 percent in the first and last years of the contract, and 3 percent in each of the middle years.

The top pay for patrolmen will be $74,528 next year.

Also, new hires, who used to be paid at a rate of 70 percent of top patrol pay, now will receive 60 percent of the top pay, and it will take seven years to reach top pay, instead of five years. They also will have to pay 20 percent, instead of 10 percent, of the cost of health insurance.

There was agreement on a number of other items, including the purchase of bulletproof vests. Police will pay half the cost from their clothing allowance, and the town will pick up the other half.