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Hempstead Village Board promotes five police officers

The personnel moves come amid internal allegations that the department has passed over black officers in making promotions. 

The $1.1 million in grants will fund programs

The $1.1 million in grants will fund programs to aid the poor in Hempstead Village. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Hempstead Village Board voted unanimously Tuesday to promote five police officers.

The promotions made James G. Murphy, Derek Warner and Jeffrey Larssan lieutenants, with annual salaries  ranging from $170,500 to $171,200, and Peter Rees and Vito Buccellato sergeants, with $152,400 salaries, according to the resolution.

The board had delayed voting on the promotions earlier this month to study their impact on town finances.

Mayor Don Ryan said Tuesday that the promotions would reduce police overtime costs.

The personnel moves come amid internal allegations that the department has passed over black officers in making promotions. Of the five being promoted, four are white, a village spokesman said.

Police Chief Paul Johnson said the five were among the top scorers on lieutenant and sergeant Civil Service tests.

The board also voted 4-1, with trustee  Jeffery Daniels voting against, to appoint Karla Guerra to the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency board to vote on projects seeking tax breaks within the village.

The board initially appointed Guerra to the IDA board in June 2017, but then replaced her with Rashid Walker in July, the spokesman said.

IDA chief executive Fred Parola said Walker was stepping down because he works for BPR Companies, a Manhattan-based developer that will seek IDA tax breaks.

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