Glen Cove police officers and supervisors were paid, on average, nearly three times the pay of other full-time city workers in 2014, a Newsday analysis of town and city payroll data shows.
The average full-time noncivilian police pay for that year was $157,436, compared with $56,879 for other full-time Glen Cove employees, the data show. All but one of Glen Cove’s 37 highest-paid employees in 2014 worked for the police department.
The highest pay for a city or town employee on Long Island in 2014 was for Glen Cove Police Lt. Ralph Bruschini, who died at 57 on Jan. 10, 2014, after 30 years on the force. His compensation for 2014, including vacation, holiday and sick-day payouts — which went to his family — was $448,800.
City Comptroller Sal Lombardi said a 2013 contract with the Police Benevolent Association union and a 2014 contract with the union representing many other employees already is reducing expenses and will save the city millions of dollars in the coming years. The agreement dropped the base pay for new police officers and increased the time it takes newly hired officers and new civilian employees to reach top pay. It also requires new employees to pay 10 percent of health insurance costs; the city previously paid 100 percent.
In 2013, three Glen Cove police employees were the highest-paid workers in town or city government on Long Island. All retired in 2013 or at the end of 2012 and received large payouts. Lt. John Mandato was paid $491,371, Officer Francis Pallone $417,764 and Officer Eric Maerz $324,716.
Darcy Belyea, director of Parks and Recreation, was Glen Cove’s highest-paid nonpolice, nonretired employee in 2014, with total pay of $131,748.
Water service foreman Michael Colangelo received the most overtime pay of any Glen Cove employee: $48,584 in addition to his base salary of $68,119.
Most of the city’s 20 top overtime recipients in 2014 were police department employees. Lombardi said Colangelo’s overtime was especially high because of a large number of water-main breaks that had to be addressed that year.
Glen Cove employees’ overtime represented 7.8 percent of the city’s total payroll, the third-highest ratio on Long Island. Lombardi attributed that figure to Glen Cove having its own police force, and police tend to earn more overtime.
A team of 11 Newsday reporters has gathered 2014 payroll data from Long Island’s 13 towns and two cities under New York’s Freedom of Information Law. Those statistics have information that has been has been added to payroll data for the previous three years, from 2011 to 2013.
To research payroll data in your town or city, go to Newsday’s interactive database at newsday.com/payrolls.
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