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Nassau Police Union Sues to End Wage-Freeze

Nassau Police Union Sues to End Wage-Freeze

Mineola - (WALK) Nassau County's largest police union is going to court to end a wage freeze imposed by a state financial control board and recover back pay from when the freeze was imposed in 2011.

The lawsuit was filed by the Police Benevolent Association in State Supreme Court in Mineola Tuesday.  It names the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, and County Executive Edward Mangano.

NIFA was created by New York State in 2000, and took over the county's finances in 2011.  At the time NIFA declared a state of financial emergency and froze all contractual pay increases, including those for police. A federal panel reportedly upheld the wage freeze in September.

County Executive Mangano reportedly met with new, NIFA Chairman Jon Kaiman last weekend to discuss a renegotiated, tentative police contract, Mangano says will generate $320 million in savings.

A similar suit to end the wage freeze was filed last week by the Civil Service Employees Association, Nassau's largest county union.

Photo: Nassau Police



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