Croton Budget Hikes Driven by Police Outlays

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Croton Police Chief Anthony Tramaglini
Croton Police Chief Anthony Tramaglini Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Croton Police Department accounts for 26.6 percent of the proposed increase in the Village of Croton budget. Nearly all of the department’s $230,100 increase for 2012-13 is in personnel expenses, says Chief Anthony Tramaglini.

The Croton Police Association is currently in the middle of its contract, which expires in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In the upcoming budget year and in 2013-2014 the CPA will receive 4 percent raises.

The proposed 2012-2013 budget would increase taxes $16.02 to $253.21 per 1,000 of assessed valuation. Village Manager Abraham Zambrano said the average house in Croton is assessed at $12,000, which would make the average tax bill $3,038.52 under the proposed budget. 

The department has 21 full-time officers, and 22 police officer positions, leaving one vacancy.

“If the board is going to consider the additional police officer, we can adjust the overtime,” said Zambrano. The total proposed overtime budget is $312,000.

Zambrano said the village maintains a commitment to keeping two police cars on the road at all times.

The department also has an $80,000 capital budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year: $30,000 for a new police car and $50,000 for new narrowband police radios mandated by the Federal Communication Commission.

“These cars are constantly running – [the cars have] to be running to power all the lights,” said Tramaglini.

According to the Croton Police Association contract with the Village of Croton, police officer pay ranges from $56,689.31 for officer fifth grade to $129,934.63 for a lieutenant.

The Police Department budget represents 17.3 percent of the village's proposed spending for 2012-2013.

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What needs to be done is the union needs to be told there will be cuts in compensation and raises etc or positions will be eliminated. Job security or help out your community, which will it be?

The Village is too small for the current size of the police department, i.e., cut the budget by bringing it down to maintaining one vehicle on the road at all times instead of two, with a second car available to come out for back up. As for upcoming pay hikes, your kidding, just say no and look to get rid of the union...they are killing us. As a side note, next time you see police respond to a call in this town, notice that when the backup comes they both will linger on the seen for what seems like an exorbitant amount of time after it seems job was done, on my nickel btw.

You don't appreciate a wonderful Police Department like the Village of Croton until you don't have it anymore! The only one of the above comments that is possible is maybe #5 - the rest of those suggestions are for private sector, not public. There are still public contracts and laws that must be followed and there is no negotiations on certain laws. Tell your officials in Albany they need to be addressed.

kasey38,

you are right. i dont appreciate the Croton Police, they are useless. If I could I would drastically reduce the department. how come a sargeant in Croton earns more than his equivalent in NYC? is crime in Croton harder to solve? cause they definitevely do not solve any thefts.
I understand that there is a union contract, but negotiations are starting now. we should drastically reduce benefits and/or police force. how can we we accept a 4% salary increase? This increase is above inflation and moreover when private sector is not giving any increases.

Seems like Business 101. I'll put forth what I am sure a lot thinking, but perhaps not inclined to relay. These are tough economic times for everyone in every profession. Certain sacrifices have to be made in order to discourage yet another tax increase. I would recommend possibly hiring a "personnel" expert to assess where some corners can be cut while still maintaining the integrity of the PD force. However, at first glance... some ideas seem quite elementary. Keep in mind...that you have to think of the PD as a business and as such, this is what a smart, business-minded, bottom-line oriented CFO would do

1) Sacrifice or compromise on the pay raises. (This is common practice among many industries in these tough times. Today folks are lucky if they get any raises, let alone partially-contributed health benefits.)
2) Retire senior level people at the top of the almost $130,000 pay range quoted. (This is what they do in the education area in particular when Boards are seeking budget relief. Boards will bring in the up and comers and retire the more seasoned teachers.)
3) Consider employing part-time vs. full-time employees. (Big corporate does this all of the time.)
4) If the cars have to be running all of the time to power all of the lights--find more efficient cars with more efficient light systems. (There must be some eco-friendly type of vehicles in place for PD's everywhere. This is worth exploring.)
5) Take a long and hard look at that $312,000 overtime budget and see where this money is being spent. (Do we need all of the supervision at the numerous fairs and town events where people gather peacefully most of the time?) Provide the analysis to see where cutbacks can be made without sacrificing the safety of the Croton community.

The automatic response cannot continue to be to dig deeper into the tax-payer's pocket.