Suffolk lawmakers pass new 8-year contract with PBA

Suffolk lawmakers unanimously passed a new eight-year contract with the county's largest police union today.County Executive Steve Bellone has said the deal with Suffolk police

HAUPPAUGE - Suffolk lawmakers unanimously passed a new eight-year contract with the county's largest police union today.

County Executive Steve Bellone has said the deal with Suffolk police would cost taxpayers $183 million. But legislative budget review says the deal will actually cost more than $268 million.

The deal will put police back on highway patrol on the Long Island Expressway and Sunrise Highway.

The contract also freezes starting salaries for new officers, requires new hires to pay 15 percent of their health insurance costs, and more than doubles the time it takes for police officers to max out their pay.

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