Levy calls for investigation into PD salaries and perks
Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy announced Friday he wants an investigation into what he calls the excessive perks and salaries of the county police department.
Levy says Suffolk police officers make too much money and is calling on the state to look into it. He says Suffolk officers work 181 days a year and get more than 100 days off.
"Remember, this is public service,? Levy says. ?If you want to be rich, you open up your own business."
Levy also claims taxpayers are paying more than $1 million a year for the salaries and benefits of five police union members. He says that money should be paid by union dues and not taxpayers.
Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association president Jeff Frayler says he is willing to negotiate, including starting officers at a lower salary than the $57,000. In return, he says wants Levy to put more cops on the streets.
News 12 Long Island placed calls to Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi about whether he thinks an investigation is necessary in his county. The calls were not returned.
To see Levy's full press conference, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.