Suffolk County, unions reach 'landmark' deal

BOHEMIA - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced what he's calling a landmark agreement between the county and all of its unions.Officials say county unions have agreed that all new employees will contribute 15 percent to their health insurance. But Bellone admits there will be no new hires anytime soon because of the county's $300 million budget deficit.Still, Bellone says the deal will immediately save the cash-strapped county $50 million. He says the county will save $17 million each year through its health insurance plan by cutting care and increasing copays. The county executive has also reached a deal with Suffolk's police union that he says will save the county more than $30 million. He says new hires within the police department will now take 12 years to get to the top pay bracket instead of the current five years.Suffolk police will also go back to patrolling the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway once the new contract goes into effect.

The agreement must still be approved by members of the police union and by the Suffolk County Legislature.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Tens of thousands of Long Island students are 1 Thousands of students to opt out of state testing
Trump's road to the White House, paved in 2 Trump's 100-days vows: Hits, misses, unfinished business
According to police, Christopher Vorisek, of Farmingville was 3 Man arrested for DWI after fatal motorcycle crash in Selden
The blaze broke out at the Davidson Avenue 4 Firefighter injured while battling house fire in Lynbrook
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to 5 AG Sessions to MS-13 on LI: We are coming for you

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.