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Town Offers Police Retirement Incentive Plan

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- A Town of Mamaroneck police officer is thinking about taking early retirement to help bring the town's tentative 2012 budget under the controversial tax cap, according to the Town Council, which held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon.

The retirement incentive plan, which the board approved at its Nov. 17 meeting, would give town police officers and firefighters $2,000 for each year of service for a maximum of 20 years of service. The police officer talking with the town is a "senior" officer and the town would save just under $70,000, said Stephen Altieri, town administrator.

"There are people obviously doing their homework to see if this could be a good opportunity for them," Altieri said.

The budget will not reflect this savings until the officer signs on the dotted line. Before he does, Altieri said, he has asked for two amendments to the agreement: one being that the Dec. 13 deadline be moved to Jan. 18 and that the 2012 longevity payment - the town will offer an additional $2,000 for working an additional week in 2012 - be made.

The board approved those changes, which now have to be offered to all employees. The positions would be permanently vacated, Altieri said.

The Town Board also saved $30,000 by cutting three crossing guard posts at Harmon Drive and Weaver Street, Plymouth Road and Weaver Street and Murray Avenue and Colonial Road. The town has also cut crossing guards assigned to after school programs at Central School and Murray Avenue School.

Another $38,000 in savings from the Recreation Department will result in fewer operating hours at the Hommocks Pool.

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