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Retirement incentive for DA investigators

An undated file photo of Kathleen Rice at

An undated file photo of Kathleen Rice at a news conference. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County is set to offer another voluntary retirement incentive, this time for criminal investigators in the district attorney's office.

But officials with the Investigators Police Benevolent Association -- the union representing 40 special and financial investigators in District Attorney Kathleen Rice's office -- said they do not expect any members to take the deal.

The Nassau Legislature will vote Monday on an incentive package to encourage members of the union to retire.

The program resembles an incentive offered to the Civil Service Employees Association and would pay investigators $1,000 for every year of service with the county.

A separate incentive was offered last month to members of the Police Benevolent Association, Superior Officers Association and the Detectives Association, and 98 officers took the deal.

County documents sent to the legislature last week suggest Nassau could save up to $500,000 annually if several of the investigators did retire.

"We wanted to have it open to our members," said union president Michael Falzarano. But he said conversations with members indicate that no one will opt in.

Deputy County Executive Rob Walker said the union had sought the incentive, but it's unclear who will accept the deal. "It doesn't cost us anything to make the offer," he said.

The union, which is not affiliated with the larger Nassau PBA, originally had at least two members who expressed interest. But they changed their minds, citing family reasons, Falzarano said.Investigators in the district attorney's office must have a minimum of 10 years experience as a detective in another law enforcement jurisdiction.

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