Deal near for Riverhead Town workers

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Riverhead's town workers won't get a raise until the third year of their newly approved four-year contract. In the final two years, their pay will go up 1 percent and 1.5 percent.

They have been working without a contract since Jan. 1.

The new contract covers this year through 2014. Except for a handful of workers assigned to animal control, it guarantees there will be no layoffs this year.

The contract also provides that town workers who are at the top step of the wage scale will get a $200 bonus in the last pay period of this year and next.

The town board is expected to ratify the contract at Tuesday night's meeting, according to town officials. The contract was ratified Tuesday by the union by a vote of 88 to 33.

Riverhead has been looking for a way to give up its animal shelter operations for some time. In September, it sent out requests for proposals for groups that might want to take over the shelter operations but got no acceptable responses.

Riverhead officials are in a preliminary discussion with Brookhaven seeking ways to merge their shelter operations, or share shelter services.

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