Union deals approved in Town Hall

The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday approved a four-year contract with the Civil Service Employees Association — the town’s largest non-police union — that calls for no raises for the first two years, followed by pay increases of one percent for the third year and 1.5 percent the fourth.

The contract also guarantees no layoffs for the first year, with the exception of the two positions in the animal shelter, as the town is exploring a possible arrangement with Brookhaven Town for joint animal shelter services.

The board on Tuesday also formally agreed to institute a lag payroll with the Police Benevolent Association. The PBA agreed to accept pay for 78.4 hours of an 80-hour pay period, with the remainder due when they retire, according to PBA president Dixon Palmer.

That move is retroactive to Jan. 1 and is expected to save the town about $230,000 this year, town officials said.

The PBA originally agreed to a lag payroll, which amounts to a loss of five days per per officer, last November but the contract wasn’t amended until now.

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