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Sunday, January 24, 2010

So...just how much is enough?

An article in today's Observer Dispatch, Police pay levels - how much is enough?, said that the New Hartford Police contract may be heading for arbitration.

In answer to this article, we couldn't agree more with what Strikeslip wrote in his blog, Overpaid in New Hartford..., but we will also add a couple of thoughts of our own.

In the Observer Dispatch article:
Union president Paul Colburn said he believes his officers deserve the salaries they get, and he’s negotiating for a raise.
Is that a fact? How arrogant!

And don't you just love this one...
“Our job hasn’t changed because of what happened with the town’s money,” he [Colburn] said. “We are still out there 24 hours a day.”
Sir, the town's money is what pays your salary or are you buying into Chief Philo's pipe dream that sales tax revenue pays for the "wants and needs " of the police department?

Colburn also said:
...the level of activity in his department should be taken into consideration in determining salaries.
How about the level of activity in your department needs to be drastically curtailed if it requires overtime pay to the tune of $20,000 to $25,000 for most officers, thereby boosting retirement benefits, and particularly in light of the fact that the New Hartford town police department is clearly not underpaid to begin with?

Also mentioned in the article:
Statewide organizations that represent police officers said many disparities exist in police pay.

“There is absolutely no correlation between salaries, the size of an agency, how much crime they have and how complex the job is,” said John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. “It really comes down to the municipality’s ability to pay and the salary of the largest bargaining unit.”

New Hartford's ability to pay....That makes it easy!

Perhaps it's time to follow in the footsteps of the Town of Clay...


Anonymous said...

Either NHPD voluntarily makes wage and benefit concessions or we eliminate positions to make up the difference. Maybe Philo could use a few assistants.

Enough is enough Mr. Colburn, don't you get it?

Anonymous said...

You people need to get a life, maybe if you had a job, you wouldn't have so much time to bitch about stuff that you have absolutely no idea about. You think you know this and that and that there's a conspiracy in everything. First of all you have no clue what really happens and second I think you all need some antipsychotic medications. The police, fire, and DPW do a phenomenal job, I'd dare say they are in the top in the state. I will not take any of you seriously unless I see you strap a gun on and ride in a patrol car for a day, put an SCBA on and go into a burning building, and go out and plow snow at 3 or 4 in the morning. Oh and get a job......then maybe you could actually pay your taxes instead of living off the government.

New Hartford, N.Y. Online said...


You shouldn't make so many ASS-umptions about us.

No one said that the police, fire & DPW don't do a good job. It is a matter of how much the taxpayers in this town are willing to pay.

By the way, we won't take you seriously until you have the balls to sign your real name instead of using "Anonymous".

G.I. Joe - NH said...

Anonymous #2,

We have members who currently serving or have recently returned from overseas assignment in Southwest Asia who have given of their time away from families and friends...all in the name of FREEDOM!

It takes more than a pistol on ones side to make an individual. You my friend are a perfect example of a horses ass who in my humble opinion does not have a set of balls to to along with the rest of your anatomy.

Please do not insult my intelligence or that of others who are trying to make life easier for their loved ones.