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Brookhaven Town: Buyouts offer ‘substantial’ savings

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Brookhaven Town Hall (Credit: Newsday / Bill Davis)

Brookhaven officials hope to save a “substantial” amount of money by offering buyouts to town workers.

About 10 to 15 employees are expected to accept the exit incentive package, which offers $1,250 for each year an employee has worked for the town, said Ed Morris, chief of staff to Supervisor Edward P. Romaine. A 20-year employee would earn $25,000.
Employees have until Monday to apply for the package, Morris said. The offer is open to most full-time blue-collar, white-collar and Highway Department employees who have worked for the town at least five years; managers and supervisors are not eligible, he said.

Morris said officials expect to trim about $1 million from the town payroll. “It’ll be a substantial savings,” he said. Terms of the buyout had been negotiated with the Civil Service Employees Association, which represents most of the town’s 700 full-time workers, he said.

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Trimming staff next week will help officials craft the 2014 preliminary town budget, which must be submitted to the state by Sept. 30, Morris said. The final budget is expected to be enacted in November.

Workers who agree to leave will be paid in annual installments from 2015 to 2017, Morris said. Accrued sick time and vacation time will be paid from 2014 to 2016, he said.

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