New Suffolk police contract may come with hefty price tag

Suffolk's new police union contract was supposed to save money, but instead it may cost taxpayers much more than expected. County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Suffolk)

HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk's new police union contract was supposed to save money, but instead it may cost taxpayers much more than expected. County Executive Steve Bellone (D-Suffolk) originally estimated his eight-year deal with police would cost taxpayers $183 million. However, a legislative budget review has revealed that it will actually cost more than $268 million. The review says the original number didn't account for Social Security, retirement and personnel costs. Bellone is defending the contract and says it will save $210,000 for each new officer by doubling the time it takes officers to max out their pay. The contract also requires new officers to pay a portion of their health insurance costs. Suffolk lawmakers are expected to discuss the budget review at a legislative session on Thursday. Lawmakers could vote on the contract as early as next week.

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