Mayor Spano Announces Yonkers Police Contract Settlement with Sick Leave Reforms, Elimination of New Recruit Bonus

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Spano_MikeYPD_PatchYONKERS, NY – November 18, 2013 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today that the City and the PBA, which represents the rank and file police officers, have agreed upon a proposed ten-year labor contract. The agreement would be retroactive to 2009 and expire in 2019.

The proposed contract, which must be ratified by the police union membership as well as the City Council, would result in an average yearly increase of 2.35 percent over the ten-year agreement.  The agreement eliminates a $3,000 bonus for new recruits when they complete training and reforms the sick leave incentive to require police officers to use fewer sick days over the course of a year in order to qualify for the incentive.

“This agreement is in line with recent settlements in comparable municipalities, yet at the same time we’ve successfully negotiated much-needed structural reforms to reduce the use of sick leave and overtime, one of the biggest strains on our budget.” said Mayor Spano.

The agreement, if ratified, eliminates the threat of a potentially budget-breaking agreement being forced upon the City by a State-mandated arbitrator.

“It’s important that we reached an agreement through the negotiating process rather than have an agreement forced upon taxpayers by a State-mandated arbitrator,” said Mayor Spano, referring to the state law that gives police unions the ability to demand mandatory arbitration. “With a ten year agreement reached, we can set labor negotiations aside and put all our energy into protecting the people of Yonkers. Thanks to the hardworking men and women of the Yonkers Police Department we are one of the safest cities of our size in America and we intend to keep it that way.”

The proposed contract would be retroactive to 2009, when the prior contract expired. It provides for 1% increases for the first two years, 1.5% increases for the next three years, 3% increases for the next three years, and 4% increases for the final two years.  Importantly, the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City.

“I want to thank the police union for coming to the table and always expressing a willingness to compromise,” said Mayor Spano. “We all have a stake in the City’s success, and the police union’s compromise on retroactive pay, structural reforms to sick leave and the elimination of the new recruit bonus will lead to taxpayer savings.”

SOURCE: Office of the Mayor, City of Yonkers

eHeziMayor Spano Announces Yonkers Police Contract Settlement with Sick Leave Reforms, Elimination of New Recruit Bonus

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  1. Wow, if these comments are from cops, it’s pretty bad and sad. I was a Firefighter for 22 years, YFD, and we never had this animosity on our job. To print what you guys have said here, is a disgrace. I always knew your job was not like ours, for a lot of reasons, but I didn’t think it was that bad. Omerta boys, someone is watching.

  2. All I can say is please leave the Chief wife out of this, really you want to talk bad about the commissioners son???You keith or keith lackey are a lowlife you think by mentioning that last 2 post this will go away??you sound frustrated almost like a boy lost looking for help ,those comments you made are terrible and further explain what garbage from moquette row brings up.Blue truth expose was about what you and your 5-6 rat friends did to members of the dept. When Blue Truth came out it was about you and your RAT squad we didn’t bring in family, just your criminal acts committed, if any thing we were frustrated that the commissioner didn’t do any thing about it, but we never said anything bad about him or the Chief.
    For you to make personal derogatory comments about members of the commissioner and the chief further more shows how despicable you and your cronie friends are, hope the Mayor wakes up and see what kind of true thugs you RAT squad really are. Blue Truth will not go away till you do,and that’s a promise!!!

  3. The PBA will be holding open meetings should you have any questions, or concerns in relation to the contract. I would love to see Ray and the BLUE BALL Crew show up, and voice their displeasure for this contract. The fact of the matters is the BLUE BALL CREW will NEVER show up and voice their opinion. Thus leaving all you True Blue tools to finally see the true cowards they are. This is a fair contract for the economic times we are in. I realize you BLUE BALL guys believe, Ray if elected, would have given us 12’s across the boards, but Ray also believes he could get us a heard of Unicorns for patrol. It should noted unicorns are fictional and do not exist, but if you believe the BLUE TRUTH you may also believe in this majestic fictional animal. The membership will vote “YES”, the contract will get passed!

  4. AN OPEN LETTER TO CHUCKIE GARDNER:
    Itzla, Pappas, and Russo meet often for “lunch”, slag you, Cave, and Frippy, and “plot”. It’s a fucking EMBARRASSMENT how YOU is so fucking terrified of Itzla, because he’s a lawyer. Because he sends you emails. Hey Chuckie, you’re a DISASTER. You have completely lost control of this department (not that you ever had it). Letting this Blue Truth shit run wild for 2 years. You let them go buck wild on cops….fine. But they drag the ENTIRE Spano family into this, degrade them, post sensitive IAD investigations, et al. I’d say wake up but you are lost my man! You’re so behind the 8 ball and so fucking clueless to what’s happening around you. WAKE UP
    PS-your son needs help. Everyone in the 2nd. Pct except that boob Captain know this. Get the fucking kid some help. Oh wait…..you can’t even help yourself! I feel bad for Kyle.
    .

  5. Montero, Russo Pappas, Itzla, Santobello, Cartagena: you guys have turned this whole process into a shameful, embarrassing pathetic display for anyone who reads this rag to see. I am ashamed to be on the same job as you. How can you guys think that what you are doing is good for the job. Disgraceful Aholes you six are.

  6. Who is the ONLY union leader in the city who has stood up to Spano and vocally stood up for his members and every city worker including the YPD?
    Barry McGoey from the Firefighters.
    Why don’t we ask him what he thinks about the changes to 207-c?
    Why don’t we ask him why he wouldn’t agree to similar changes to 207-a?
    Why don’t we ask him why he wouldn’t bring this agreement to his membership for a vote?
    Why don’t we ask him why he hasn’t made a deal with the City yet?
    Why don’t we ask him why he is the only union leader in the city?

  7. Once again we see Detective Ray Montero, Detective Captain Robert Itzla, Captain Matthew Russo, Lieutenant Bryant Pappas, PO Robert Santobello, Detective Hector Cartagena trying to tear down a contract vote behind the safety of a computer. News flash A-holes, there is a thing called an informational meeting where MEMBERS OF BOTH ASSOCIATIONS will debate the merits, one way or the other. Oh wait, that’s not what these losers do.. I hope Montero shows up, it will be another entertaining show of this 60 year old moron stuttering and backpedaling. PS – Lt. Bryant Pappas is one of the biggest dirtbags this job has ever seen. Those that worked in the 3rd back when all know what a sneaky slimy sleezeball he always was. There’s some truth for ya.

  8. Montero, Russo Pappas, Itzla, Santobello, Cartagena: you guys have turned this whole process into a shameful, embarrassing pathetic display for anyone who reads this rag to see. I am ashamed to be on the same job as you. How can you guys think that what you are doing is good for the job. Disgraceful Aholes you six are..

  9. Bob Itzla is a disgraceful thief, Matt Russo is a cowardly bald little man, BRYANT Pappas is an ugly, disgraceful RAT, Ray Montero is a mental case who is suing everyone Rob Santobello should be in jail because he is a rogue cop, and Hector Cartagena is a cross eyed zip who couldn’t find a loaf of bread in a supermarket. PERIOD….your time is coming boys….little boys..

  10. Montero, Russo Pappas, Itzla, Santobello, Cartagena: you guys have turned this whole process into a shameful, embarrassing pathetic display for anyone who reads this rag to see. I am ashamed to be on the same job as you. How can you guys think that what you are doing is good for the job. Disgraceful Aholes you six are.

  11. Montero, Russo Pappas, Itzla, Santobello, Cartagena: you guys have turned this whole process into a shameful, embarrassing pathetic display for anyone who reads this rag to see. I am ashamed to be on the same job as you. How can you guys think that what you are doing is good for the job. Disgraceful Aholes you six are.

  12. Sometimes you do something that is wrong even though you know it’s wrong. Maybe you would go with the wife of a cop even though you know it’s wrong. As far as the contract goes you know it’s wrong but vote yes anyway. That’s how I roll!

  13. Why the rush less than 5 days and we are forced to make a decision ??? fuck the rat and fuck the contract lets go back to the table and get that RETRO up front!!!
    Hey look I have no other source of income I need this money badly but im not rushing into this and later get screwed cause that’s what I think is gonna happen lets see what the CLS does or the Fire???I don’t know something is not clear here???

  14. Keith Olson and his coat hanger Eddie will look to sell you this as the best contract in the county. You know what they are wrong. They are selling out new recruits, including recent hires. They will not have to deal with the check list of the opening of 207C, and one percent up front with retro being given back over the cost of five years is bullshit. The let the end numbers attract you. Eddie Armour has been making an enormous amount of overtime money for the past five years, and him and Ko will not be here to deal with the check list of the opening of 207C. The Firefighters have more balls and are willing to wait for arbitration than take ones with retro being spread out over five long years.

  15. Initially you were really pissing me off with the baseless Lt.Pappas bashing but I have to say that I now find it amusing in a pathetic way.
    You REALLY ARE OBSESSED with the guy!! Holy shit does he really turn you on that much?? You remind me of the tough old Homophobic Marine in the movie “American Beauty” where he would call Kevin Spacey a “Fuckinng Queer” but then at the end you find out that he really wanted to suck his dick!!! Does that bring up any suppressed feelings??
    You should just let it go. Borrow one of his fight videos so you can see him almost naked, covered in glistening sweat like a Greek God, and you can jack off to it in the privacy of you’re own home and nobody will be the wiser.
    Let it go my friend…

  16. Remember you were all smiles for Mikey at the polish back then now you now who is the MASTER OF PUPPETS to bad you get what your worth or try to get on like me in NASSAU suckers elm street details and all the tranny lovers in the 3rd .

  17. even Tommy Phelan knows this contract is no good why else did he not present it to his members???? and believe me if it was good he would of had it first….

  18. ray and mingy will never be sell outs like the RAT pack,this contract has more holes in it like the swiss cheese keith likes so much!!! JUST SAY NO!

  19. Anyone wanna buy tickets to the “Ray and Mingy make fools of themselves” show on Friday? I wasn’t even gonna go there to vote but I will if I get to see those idiots get humiliated by KO and Quinn!

  20. Hey I heard the city is going to start paying only 75% of you paychecks to you each pay period , then give you the other 25% retroactively sometime in the future as it will give financial relief to the city . Only Idiots would accept this contract.

  21. Members of the department please do not drink anything that the RAT is trying to pass thru, this is a BAD contract, watch news 12 the Mayor has a big smile on his face talking about how this will save the city, and the tax payer???? simple question if it saves the city money and the mayor is extremely happy ,where are the savings coming out of???,we are not getting anything great lots of give backs and we will work a lot harder, bring your reading glasses to the meeting and have your own lawyer on cell standby if you see Quinn trying to make you drink the KOOL AID……….VOTE HELL NO !!!!

  22. Montero, Russo, Itzla, Pappas, Cartagena, Santobello: you six blue Truthers are an embarrassment and disgrace to the job. The correct forum to debate the contract is in the INFORMATIONAL MEETING. Stop trying to try the merits of the contract from behind a computer. Real men will stand and openly debate at the meeting. Not betting on it but you should come to the meeting like normal people.

  23. When are we going to wake up. KO has been bought and paid for since Spano took over. He used to be on snooze 12 all the time saying how we need more cops. After all the units were decimated and OT disappeared how many times did KO get on snooze 12 and complain? It’s like he never was(wishful thinking)but his sister got a job didn’t she. Now right before the elctions he is given a contract! Who is playing who? Just like last year’s deal this one sucks. JUST SAY NO!

  24. even Tommy Phelan knows this contract is no good why else did he not present it to his members???? and believe me if it was good he would of had it first….

  25. HERE ARE THE QUOTES TO WHAT WE WILL BE LOSING MEMBERS WAKE UP AND SAY NO !!!
    QUOTE 1
    “the sick leave incentive to require police officers to use fewer sick days over the course of a year”
    QUOTE 2
    “we’ve successfully negotiated much-needed structural reforms to reduce the use of sick leave and overtime”
    QUOTE3
    “the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City”HOW ABOUT RELIEF FOR ME AND MY FAMILY I WANT ALL RETRO UP FRONT UNLESS THEY GIVE ME INTEREST ON MY MONEY THEY ARE HOLDING!!!
    QUOTE 4 SAYS IT ALL
    “the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City”
    THIS CLEARLY IS A GREAT CONTRACT FOR THE CITY NOT FOR THE HARD WORKING COP MAKING THE STREETS SAFER AND AS FAR AS THE RAT GOES HE MUST GO THIS IS FURTHER PROOF HE IS SELLING US OUT,MAYBE HE IS WORKING ON A GETTING ANOTHER JOB FOR A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY!!!! VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!

  26. You YPD guys are fools if you take this contract. Rules to live by are pay me now or make it worth it . There is no benefit to this contract. How about pay the retro now , give some bigger raise up front to make up for the waiting since 2009 . Why would you open up or modify sick policy or 207c they already screw you by taking out taxes on 207c when they are not suppose to and take your vacation time away when you are out disabled . They get away with too much already. Show some backbone like the once proud YPD. No other union would take this contract.

  27. Do any of you think the Mayor is going to go tell the public how he hooked the cops up? On TV? Of course he is selling this to the public as a solid deal for taxpayers. You Blue Truth guys are something else, LOL.

  28. New York State has a three-legged tax system, meaning that they have all the three major state taxes: an income tax, a sales tax, and property taxes. The state of New York consistently tops lists for having the highest property taxes, income taxes, and sales taxes in the nation. In other words, New Yorkers pay a lot of money in taxes.

  29. this is a shit contract trying to sell you on a promise in the future. no retro sell the new new guys out …………what happened to tier one ? a long forgotten dream tier 2 ? my tier gone . there was never any tier 3 passed over. tier 4 bye bye tier 5 whooshhe see yaaa tier 6 . 40 percent medical contributions 3 percent pension contributions WHY DOES THE Y F D MAKE 72 STARTING PAY AN THE YPD 57 ????? because the bosses sold it and the rank and file bought it… I still don’t know why after 25 years.. HERE GOES what happens when the con ed people say no ! fuk you we aint paying no more What happens when he hires 40 extras and o t is at zero what do you have then 1 1 1.5 1.5 shit that’s what you got . it wont happen? he just hired 50 in the y f d he didn’t need more than 35 if you think the o t will keep you going think again negative 3000 for starting pay we all started once . THANK GOD I DONT HAVE TO STERT AGAIN at these wages p s leave the blue truth out of this lets kick it up a notch to the green truth stay safe

  30. Went to Staples and brough myself a calculator today.
    Assume a County Police Officer earned $100,000 in 2009 and each year after
    Assume a Yonkers Police Officer earned $100,000 in 2009 and each year after
    The County Police Officer will receive a $42,500 retroactive check. All at one time in one check, NOW
    The Yonkers Police Officer will receive just under $18,500 in retroactive payments spread out from September 2014 to September 2019. Five annual installments of about $3,000 each.
    Doesn’t take a Mike Spano to see which contract is better.

  31. Members of the department please do not drink anything that the RAT is trying to pass thru, this is a BAD contract, watch news 12 the Mayor has a big smile on his face talking about how this will save the city, and the tax payer???? simple question if it saves the city money and the mayor is extremely happy ,where are the savings coming out of???,we are not getting anything great lots of give backs and we will work a lot harder, bring your reading glasses to the meeting and have your own lawyer on cell standby if you see Quinn trying to make you drink the KOOL AID……….VOTE HELL NO !!!!

  32. Better off going with arbitration….they know they will have to give us much more that’s why they are offering this….read what the Mayor said he pretty much admits that they will have to pay more if we go to arbitration…….VOTE NO

  33. Tough Times is right on point!!!
    Keith must be getting a big slice of cheese from the mayor if this goes thru…lol
    REALLY VOTE NO!!!

  34. why would anybody vote yes on a contract that offers very little to its membership? first it is not inflationary now and may not be in the future. 9.14inflation percent 7.73 raise 2009 2013 according to the beuerau of labor statistics . staggered retro if any at all. why would any organization lend money to another with out interest. the united states government auctions off bills and bonds to all the nations of the world weekly with interest attached. no retro means no intrest??? moreover, who in their right mind would want to set a precident with this crummy contract. if you agree to it after 5 6 years of no contract no retro WHY WOULD THE CITY OF YONKERS OR ANY OTHER municipality ever settle a contract again in a timely manner. free money no/ interest loans ? if you vote yes on this shiiiite contract you will be waiting 8 years next time if not longer. I wish I could go to chase manhatten bank my lender and get a PASS on my interest too I cant and if you think it through you wont give one either . VOTE NO ON THIS SHIT CONTRACT

  35. I don’t understand the part about the sick incentive. Does that mean we wont get our 10 days? or will we, but just have to be out sick less, eliminating the quarterly schedule?

  36. If the PBA members don’t like the contract proposal they can vote it down. But they won’t because it is a very fair and some say a generous deal in a very tough time. The PBA is made up of a very smart and savvy group of men and women and on Friday they will vote the deal in with an overwhelming margin.
    These Blue Truth assholes, led by that 14B RM and BI are willing to fuck the entire job just to prove a point that can’t be proven. The whole job knows what a bunch of selfish, stupid cowards they are. RM will not come to the vote and Friday because the job hates him, “no question about it!”

  37. I asked you in the last Blue Truth but you didn’t respond as to who these 3PCT cops are that think Lt Pappas is a “Slimy Scumbag” That is total bullshit! I worked in the 3PCT the entire time Lt Pappas was there and I can tell you with certainty that Lt Pappas was one of the most highly regarded and respected PO there.
    I guess that a few faggots didn’t like him but there were the exception to the rule.

  38. great job mayor you really bamboozled the PBA union, the council will definitely approve this in our budget as like you said today on news 12 we are saving the city and tax payers a lot of money, at the expense of give backs and so on ..etc..etc.. congrats Mayor Spano

  39. I have to say the Mayor is really smart and brilliant, he figures keith is so desperate to hang on as PBA leader he needs to bring back a contract, so now the mayor knows keith is on his last leg he figures,hey keith you want a contract here is what I will offer, so now keith is all excited and he comes back with a crummy contract that has so many holes in it that it looks like Swiss cheese, and speaking of cheese the RAT he is he thinks its a great contract, this is one of the worst I have seen in my life, vote no lets get a new leader and renegotiate. the mayor on tv today said this is gonna save the tax payers and the city lots of money, if that’s the case clearly we are giving back a lot!!!! wake up before its too late and lets wait till after the election when the RAT gets ousted,why the rush all of a sudden…….?

  40. contract offer a coincidence. NOT, recent voters said YES to gambling, another step closer that Empire City will be FLUSH with cash. While YO workers suck-up a 2 percent raise yearly, while inflation will definitely outpace any raise.

  41. HERE ARE THE QUOTES TO WHAT WE WILL BE LOSING MEMBERS WAKE UP AND SAY NO !!!
    QUOTE 1
    “the sick leave incentive to require police officers to use fewer sick days over the course of a year”
    QUOTE 2
    “we’ve successfully negotiated much-needed structural reforms to reduce the use of sick leave and overtime”
    QUOTE3
    “the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City”HOW ABOUT RELIEF FOR ME AND MY FAMILY I WANT ALL RETRO UP FRONT UNLESS THEY GIVE ME INTEREST ON MY MONEY THEY ARE HOLDING!!!
    QUOTE 4 SAYS IT ALL
    “the retroactive payments would be phased in over the next five years rather than be paid as a lump sum, providing further relief for the City”
    THIS CLEARLY IS A GREAT CONTRACT FOR THE CITY NOT FOR THE HARD WORKING COP MAKING THE STREETS SAFER AND AS FAR AS THE RAT GOES HE MUST GO THIS IS FURTHER PROOF HE IS SELLING US OUT,MAYBE HE IS WORKING ON A GETTING ANOTHER JOB FOR A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY!!!! VOTE NO!!!!!!!!!

  42. I urge all union members to reject any such proposal that benefits the admin and leaves us with the short end of the stick. This proposal doesn’t even cover the increased cost of living.

  43. mayor mike said on news 12 today those savings!!!! which means our money we are losing is saving the city a lot od money go to news 12 and see for your self!!! FUCKING RAT BASTARD KEITH HAS TO GO!@!!!
    VOTE NO VOTE NO VOTE NO!!!

  44. by the way how can we keep keith as president when soon he will be hit by a FEDERAL lawsuit???? he wont be able to defend his criminal actions and do we really want a president who will be in all major news papers soon????

  45. This contract is clearly in the best interest of the mayor and only the mayor,we will get screwed read the contract carefully members………..

  46. Assume a County Police Officer earned $100,000 in 2009 and each year after
    Assume a Yonkers Police Officer earned $100,000 in 2010 and each year after
    The County Police Officer will receive a $42,500 retroactive check
    The Yonkers Police Officer will receive just under $18,500 in retroactive payments spread out from September 2014 to September 2019.
    Doesn’t take a Mike Spano to see which contract is better.

  47. Once a while you find a rat like Olson in your kitchen. He is one of the most corrupt union leaders this city has seen in a very long time. The city politicians should be very cautious in dealing with such a large rat that has committed the following state and federal violations in this city:
    He and his friends have conducted unauthorized investigations against C.L.S.A. and PBA members
    He along with others have conducted illegal searches during their work time and have search the offices of supervisors, and other police personnel
    He has gather illegally police personnel files and made copies of official police files to be used against them
    He has told the P.C. that he has gathered IP addresses on union officials’
    He conspired to write up his own members, using B. Moran, and Captain John Mueller
    He filed false complaints against union members
    He admitted to criminal mischief against city property
    He has threaten several supervisors and PBA members
    He has keep W.S. money
    He has not paid his taxes on his $4000. a month stipend
    He got his brother in law and two supervisor friends to file false reports
    But most egregious he and he alone has wish death on a supervisor who had fought a bout with cancer and won.
    He has lied to the DA’s office concerning an assault case, and has lied against his own men and woman
    He has attacked the Mayor’s office, the P.C. office, and then hides behind them.
    He is a union thug bully that has committed crimes within and out of the department that will be proved in a court of law. The members of this department stand ready to get rid of a common thug. All of this will soon be made public through legal a legal investigation which will be conducted by the DOJ.
    How can any one believe any thing that is spewed from his mouth. Every member in the city is by law entitled to their opinion without being set up and bullied. So I will leave this way. We do not fear your tactics, or threats. You can take that to the bank.

  48. Spano calls the post-Police Academy salary step a $3,000 BONUS. Is Spano for real?
    And he calls changes to the sick “incentive” program a REQUIREMENT to use fewer sick days per year.
    Mike Spano loves to twist the truth. It’s hard not to laugh whenever he opens his mouth

  49. Once again we see Detective Ray Montero, Detective Captain Robert Itzla, Captain Matthew Russo, Lieutenant Bryant Pappas, PO Robert Santobello, Detective Hector Cartagena trying to tear down a contract vote behind the safety of a computer. News flash A-holes, there is a thing called an informational meeting where MEMBERS OF BOTH ASSOCIATIONS will debate the merits, one way or the other. Oh wait, that’s not what these losers do.. I hope Montero shows up, it will be another entertaining show of this 60 year old moron stuttering and backpedaling. PS – Lt. Bryant Pappas is one of the biggest dirtbags this job has ever seen. Those that worked in the 3rd back when all know what a sneaky slimy sleezeball he always was. There’s some truth for ya…

  50. ha ha ha,,,cant wait till it comes out what fire offered and the city walked away from……….. and what the mayor has cost the city by not accepting ……..arbitration will be a breeze now !!!!!!!!

  51. B.S. compromise! The mayor got notified that he couldn’t get what GERRY wanted…so to save face, whatever face that may be, the mayor then decided to make a deal. He never wanted this contract…he wanted only givebacks.

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