MINEOLA - Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is speaking out against six-figure retirement packages that were offered to police officers last year in an effort to reduce the county's workforce.
According to the comptroller's office, 115 police officers took the retirement incentive. The median payout was $338,000. In comparison, correction officers' median payout was $54,000.
Maragos says more than half of the total payout, measured at more than $30 million, went toward the redemption of unused sick and vacation time, and he says it's simply unsustainable and out of line with the private sector.
According to Nassau PBA President James Carver, the termination payouts were especially high last year because of the incentive plan.
Maragos says the retirement incentives will save Nassau $17 million this year alone.