MINEOLA - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) says he is looking into how to make future contracts with public employees more strict after seeing how much some Nassau County police officers were being paid in their retirement packages.
A report by the county comptroller found that the median buyout given to a retiring Nassau County police officer last year was $338,000. The report says Nassau taxpayers doled out $30 million just to pay the retirees their unused sick and vacation time.
Union leaders have defended their members? retirement packages, saying that it gives employees an incentive not to call out sick, which ultimately saves the county money.
Mangano says even with high payouts, the early retirement program will still save taxpayers $55 million this year.
Cops' massive retirement payouts cause outrage in Nassau