Suffolk deputy sheriffs protest for contract

The union says its members now earn about $60,000 less than their police counterparts.

The union says its members now earn about $60,000 less than their police counterparts. (12/30/15)

BRENTWOOD - Deputy sheriffs in Suffolk County protested Wednesday outside the Brentwood inauguration of County Executive Steve Bellone, saying they have not had a contract in six years.

The union says its members now earn about $60,000 less than their police counterparts.

“We have tried numerous times to negotiate with this county and all of our efforts have failed,” says Suffolk Deputy Sheriffs PBA President John Becker.

A major sticking point may be the legal battle over who patrols the Long Island Expressway: Suffolk police or deputy sheriffs. The conflict dates back to 2008 and is still being hashed out in court.

Bellone says that since he took office, his administration has been able to work out contract deals with seven other unions. He says what's happening with the deputy sheriffs isn't his fault.

“I think the reality is that we're at the negotiating table and they're out protesting and using these other tactics that aren't going to work,” says Bellone.

Both sides say that binding arbitration seems to be the next likely step.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

The owner of a Huntington church and food 1 Huntington food pantry owner says he is being targeted by neighbors, town
Developers want to build more than 150 new 2 Plans to expand Bayport senior apartment complex faces opposition
Officials say a pedestrian was struck and killed 3 Police: Pedestrian fatally struck by hit-and-run driver in Central Islip
News 12 is told the driver of the 4 Officials: 2 struck by car in Massapequa
The vigil for Banegas took place at the 5 Vigil held for victim in Central Islip Park killing

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

During his inaugural speech, Bellone spoke about Suffolk's Bellone sworn in to 2nd term as Suffolk executive

It's inauguration day for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. Bellone was sworn in to his

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.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE