Written by Linda Portney Goldstein Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00
The 2012 budget for the Port Washington Police District was adopted during the September 14 public meeting of the commissioners. The vote to accept the budget as presented was the culmination of a long process, which included four workshops and a public hearing during the meeting. Notices for the public hearing portion of the meeting were posted in the Port Washington News and Newsday.
There were only a few Port residents in attendance and the few questions raised were directed at clarification of line items. The budget was passed unanimously by the commissioners.
James B. Duncan, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, thanked the community and all those people who participated in the budget workshops. “The board has completely followed the New York State mandate for a 2 percent budget cap while still providing the finest police service to the community,” he said.
After the conclusion of the meeting when Commissioners Angela Lawlor Mullins and Dave Franklin were asked if the new budget includes a settlement of the PBA contract that expired in December 2009, they responded that projected increases in personnel costs were included and negotiations are ongoing. Mullins and Franklin are still optimistic that arbitration can be avoided. Franklin said that, “Arbitration is an expense the community does not need. If this goes to arbitration, it means we are not doing our job.” Both commissioners stressed that lines of communication are open and as long as there is dialogue, arbitration can be avoided.