26 workers take Nassau's retirement offer

CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta speaks about Nassau bonding CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta speaks about Nassau bonding issue and the possible appointment of the county executive to enact pay freezes and layoffs without legislative approval in Mineola. (May 7, 2012) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

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More than two dozen additional Nassau employees have taken a voluntary retirement incentive, saving the county about $2.6 million annually, officials said.

The incentive, which pays employees $1,000 for every year of service with the county, expired on Friday, and 26 Civil Service Employees Association members have accepted the offer.

"The voluntary separation program maximizes taxpayer savings and operational efficiencies," Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said.

But CSEA president Jerry Laricchiuta said the continuing job cuts have brought county service levels to "an all-time low.

You can spend six hours on line at the Department of Social Services and not be seen."

The retirement incentive, which encourages higher-paid employees to retire, was first offered in July; 61 workers took that offer, saving Nassau $6 million, Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said.

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The deal was extended last month.

Bonding to pay for the incentive is expected to be approved by the GOP-controlled legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state oversight board in control of Nassau's finances.

The departures come as Mangano, facing a multimillion-dollar budget deficit, continues to slash the county's workforce. He is scheduled to submit his 2013 budget in two weeks.

Since June 2011, 400 CSEA members have been laid off and another 380 retired with incentives. Also, nearly 100 police officers took a retirement incentive in March.

Last month, the county offered an identical incentive to correction officers and supervisors.

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