Rockland exec., Legislature clear way for sheriff’s deputies raise
Republican County Executive Ed Day and the Democrat-controlled Legislature reached an agreement to give sheriff's deputies long-delayed raises.
The sheriff's deputies in Rockland County have been working without a contract for six years. Even though they reached a settlement with Day, final approval was held up in a squabble over funding the contract between Day and the Rockland Legislature's Democratic majority.
Day and the Democrats have now reached an agreement to allow the contract to move forward, along with other provisions. The contract provides a retroactive 2 percent raise from 2011, followed by a 3 percent hike for the second half of this year.
Not only are the deputies happy that the dispute over their contract has been resolved, but not-for-profits in Rockland also now know they will be funded by the county through the end of the year. There's also an agreement about trying to sell the Sain Building.
Day says he wants to sell the Sain Building to help put Rockland back on a solid financial footing.
"Instead of it being a building where we are paying all the money, we meaning the taxpayers, we have revenue coming in," he says.
Day tells News 12 he has taken steps to put the deputies' contract into effect.