Sag Harbor Village Adopts Police Retirement Incentive in Effort to Curb Officer Numbers

Posted on 16 October 2012

By Kathryn G. Menu

In what Sag Harbor Village Mayor Brian Gilbride called “a first step” in paring down the cost of the Sag Harbor Village Police Department, on Friday afternoon the village’s board of trustees adopted a resolution giving them authority to offer a retirement incentive package to the department’s officers as well as police chief Thomas Fabiano.

According to a memorandum outlining the incentive program, Chief Fabiano and all full-time, active members of the department who are currently eligible to retire, or have completed 10 or more years of service in the New York State Police and Firefighters Retirement System as a full time employee of the village, excluding leaves of absences, are eligible for the incentive offer.

In addition to any benefits already accrued, any officer who is eligible and accepts retirement at this time will be paid $1,000 for each completed year of continuous full-time service as of the effective day of their retirement.

Anyone interested in the program, must complete paperwork and give it to the Village of Sag Harbor by November 30, 2012. Anyone who chooses to retire through this program will have to retire no later than December 31, 2012.

The decision to offer the retirement incentive to the department’s 11 officers and the chief comes as Sag Harbor Village Trustees are entertaining the concept of allowing an outside police agency the ability to provide some of the village’s police services. The village has received proposals from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, as well as East Hampton and Southampton towns.

On Friday, trustee Ed Gregory wondered whether the loss of officers — if any do in fact take the retirement incentive offer — would result in more overtime costs for the village.

Gilbride said he believes the department may be overstaffed, particularly during the winter months.

“If none take it, I think we should lay off a few people for the winter and move on,” he said, noting that between June, July, August and the first two weeks of September approximately 150 sick, personal or vacation days were taken off by members of the police department.

“In the busiest time of the year, that we can take 150 days off — that tells me a lot,” said Gilbride.

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15 Responses to “Sag Harbor Village Adopts Police Retirement Incentive in Effort to Curb Officer Numbers”

  1. Ishmael says:

    Too bad we can’t lay the Mayor off and move on. He has been a negative influence in this Village for far too long. June can’t come soon enough!

  2. Rumrunner says:

    According to what the above article states, I see the department is at minimum staffing. If they want two cops on the duty 24 hrs a day, there is going to be overtime, period.

    The overtime comes in because of contractual agreements regarding vacations, sick time, personal leave, training, etc.

    I assume the police got their benefits package they enjoy today from this and previous boards.

    In all fairness, future employees of the PD will have to accept a reduced benefits package when they come on board, if the department is to survive as we know it.

  3. E.M.Maxx says:

    So true Ishmael….The Mayor is corrupt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Daughter says:

    Corrupt Ishmael ? I can honestly tell that you could not possibly be a resident of Sag Harbor, therfore your slanderous innuendos are null and void . If you would like to continue on with this I expect an actual name & meeting time to discuss the “Mayor’s Corrupt Behavior” & bring EMAXX with you ~ Thank you for your time & Opinions

  5. Jeremy Brandt says:

    What is corrupt about seeking the best deal for the taxpayer?

  6. John says:

    Make an educated choice for yourself!

    I pay twice the amount of taxes at my Nassau county
    residence, then my Sag Harbour residence

    While comparing , there is NO comparison

    I have been fortunate enough to interact with the officers
    In Sag Harbor and must say, they are not only pleasant
    But go above and beyond.

    They are professional, personable, and keep Sag Harbor
    the way it is.. A beautiful place!

    People, wake up. This is not a gem for no reason!!!

    No cuts, keep the winning team in place and forget
    Saving pennies per resident to cut what appears
    the mayor has fixated on for his on personal agenda!

    Stand up for throse who serve us!

    Stay safe! God bless!!

  7. Lisa says:

    You are right John…

    When it really comes down to it, we are looking to
    save pennies per resident for no reason.

    It’s an obvious personal agenda.

    Thank you to all of those that serve us in Sag Harbor!!

    You all do an amazing Job! Lets keep it that way!

  8. Bill H says:

    As a tax payer and resident in SH, I am appalled
    to even believe considering cutting our police service.
    We live in the best kept secret on LI, and have an amazing
    Police department. Lets all stop and let common sense
    prevail. Keep the ” personal agendas ” aside and do what
    Is RIGHT for the people..

    Keep up the great work SHPD!!

  9. bchbum11968 says:

    did i miss an article where the taxpayers gave the board a difficult time about the police dept ? or their tax bills? why does this smell of witch hunt? 150 days off divided by how many people ?lets see the per person times off , are they not entitled to it ? Bill H i think it hit the nail on the head, personal agenda , why though, what will the taxpayer see by cutting down the pd ? any savings ? or maybe again i will ask is someone looking to steal from peter to pay paul ……

  10. Donna Milazzo says:

    This mayor keeps proving he is more about the money than keeping the sanctity of the town. I say raise the taxes of any tourist that lives in a 15 million dollar house for one month of the year. The double edged sword of money has given us financial stability but at the cost of the environment we live in. Gilbride pack up your bags and find a new town to ruin.

  11. Frank says:

    You are all right! The mayor has to go! Shame on him for using
    His own personal agenda to fight the people that
    Serve and protect this community, and make it the very
    Unique place it is!!!

  12. Joe. M says:

    Although the Sag Harbor police patrol a very safe community
    With a low crime rate, never forget a few things;

    A horrible schedule- days, afternoons and nights.
    That is abusive to the body!

    Holidays and very few days off in season. After being in this
    town for fourteen plus years, I am proud they serve us!!

    Keep the winning team in place!

  13. Anon tax payer says:

    I have to agree with the others, I support our local
    Police. They do a great job and we need not cut our services!

  14. Jeff Beyel says:

    As a one time, albeit short, member of the Sag Harbor PD I am a bit saddened to see the department come under seige. I remember Chief Fabiano from years ago and he is an outstanding individual who has served the community for decades now. I am certain his staff of officers do a terrific service to the village as well. I have been away for many years now but Sag Harbor will always be home to me. I remember it as a warm place to live populated with caring individuals. The police department has always had a close relationship to the Village and has a long standing tradition that helps tie the community together. Please do not eliminate a portion of the Village that has established roots. Once gone, it will never return…

  15. Bob Roden says:

    I remember Chief Fabiano from back when he was a patrolman, then Sargent, and he was always approachable and receptive, not to mention friendly.
    I also knew the Mayor, having lived next door from him for a number of years. He was a good neighbor, and a good man.
    One would think that these two public servents could get together and limit the summer season days off, and yes, possibly lay off some of the force during the winter months. This only makes sence, and the officers who get laid off would recieve unemployment benefits to hold them over.
    Robert Roden.

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