Legislature To Vote On Mandated Positions For Sheriff’s Office

State staffing requirements necessitate addition of 15 correction officers


When the Rockland County Legislature meets Tuesday night, its members will vote on adding 15 correction officers mandated by the state.  This action comes less than two weeks after dozens of county workers were laid off due to Rockland’s budget deficit.

The legislators will vote on a resolution to establish 15 positions in the sheriff’s office for the Rockland County Correctional Center.  The additional jail personnel is required in order to comply with new state minimum staffing requirements mandated by the New York State Commission of Corrections.

According to the resolution, the sheriff’s department is not requesting additional funds for the 14 new correction officers, who will earn the starting salary of $45,653, and one correction sergeant, whose salary will be $87,853.  On a yearly basis the salaries add up to $726,995.

The legislature will act on a resolution passed by committee last week requesting mandate relief for all counties if get salary increases. County officials have previously noted that approximately 75 percent of the budget is state mandated.

A vote will be taken on approving a contract with for transportation of pre-school and early intervention children with special needs. The resolution already received unanimous approval from the Budget& Finance and Planning & Public Works committees. 

The Valley Cottage-based bus company was one of four that submitted bids. 100 vendors were notified of the bid. The contract covers September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2015 with an option to renew for two periods of one year each.

The contract amount cannot exceed $13,837,436.62, which includes a two percent inflation increase for the second and third years. The resolution notes the multi-year agreement represents saving over the current cost.  The contract is $177,627.70 less per year for a total saving of $532,883.10 for the three-year period.  

Additionally, the legislators will vote on setting Oct. 3, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. as the date for a public hearing on a local law amending the county’s multiple dwelling smoking policy act. 

The Tuesday meeting begins at 7p.m. at the county office building at 11 New Hempstead Road in New City.

Mike Hirsch August 06, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The salaries seem fine. I guess they had the money already put aside since they will not be requiring additional funding. I agree that the state legislators should not get raises. Let's see which of our legislators accept or decline the increases.
Tom Truth August 06, 2012 at 08:30 PM
When will the whole debacle of the Sheriff's Office come to light? We bash all the local PD's, but the Sheriff's fly under the radar (no pun intended). There are certain services, such as a jail and civil evictions, that the Sheriff is legally mandated to provide. There are certain services that make sense to supply, even if not mandated, because the benefit to the county as a whole justifies the service. But do we need a Sheriff's Patrol riding around the county? Does anyone know what the cost/benefit for this service is? They don't handle calls for police service for the most part, so what they do is traffic enforcement. That may be one place to look for reallocation of assets and manpower. How about the multi-million dollar expansion of Radio HQ's, in the anticipation that they will one day take over police dispatching county-wide? Wouldn't you want to have an agreement in place that the dispatching was heading in that direction before spending millions of dollars? I have so little hope for this county as a whole because no one in government seems to have a clue and are not looking out for anyone's best interest but their own.
Ken McQuade August 06, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Seems like everytime I read the Patch or the Journal news its a sheriff patrol unit making a dwi bust. So I believe they should be out on patrol in addition to our local town police units.
richard August 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM
As a citizen of rockland county I find the sheriffs patrol the most effective force in rc and how they deal with problems , they listen and are not swayed by the Politics in clarkstown and such, I say disband the town pd , Id much prefer them respond to my calls
Mike Hirsch August 06, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You speak the truth Tom. I'm hoping that the voters will elect Ed Day County Exec if he decides to run. We need strong leadership from the exec, as the legislature is useless.


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