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Court: Cops can go to pay arbitration

Floral Park police officers who worked during and immediately after superstorm Sandy have a right to go to arbitration for additional pay they said their contract calls for, the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court has ruled.

The court reversed a Nassau Supreme Court decision denying the move to arbitration, as requested by the village.

Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick said Friday he and other village officials were discussing the municipality's next move. He noted that the decision, handed down Sept. 30, doesn't give the police any money but "only allows them to go to arbitration."

Bob Pedley, the PBA president, said the appellate court "made the right decision, and our grievance will be settled on its merits."

The PBA had filed a grievance that its members worked during and in the aftermath of Sandy from Oct. 29 through Nov. 5, 2012, and were entitled to additional compensation -- because an emergency was declared -- pursuant to their collective bargaining agreement. The grievance was denied by the village, and the PBA demanded arbitration. The village sued to stay the arbitration; the PBA cross-petitioned to compel it. The village won.

But the appellate court reversed that and directed "the parties to proceed to arbitration."

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