Quogue PBA Files Grievance Over Use Of Part-Time Officers During Hurricane
Feb 19, 2013 5:48 PM
The Quogue Police Benevolent Association has filed a grievance with the Quogue Village Board alleging that the municipality violated its contract with the union by using part-time police officers during Hurricane Sandy without first offering full-time officers overtime.
Reynold Mauro, an attorney based in Commack who represents the village PBA, said a section of the contract stipulates that before part-time police officers can be used for special overtime work, full-time officers must be solicited for their availability. He said that during Hurricane Sandy last fall, two part-time officers were called in, though several full-time officers, including some who were going off-duty at the time, were not offered the extra hours.
“Had they been offered to stay and they refused—there would be no issue,” Mr. Mauro said during the Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, February 15. “But the offer was not extended to the officers, and that’s really the nature of the grievance.”
Quogue Mayor Peter Sartorius disputed Mr. Mauro’s claim that Hurricane Sandy qualified as special overtime work under that section of the contract. He said the section highlighted in the complaint was referring to state- and county-funded duties, such as seat belt and DWI checks.
He also pointed out that a section of the PBA contract states that part-time officers may be employed without restriction during an emergency. read more…