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Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter won’t exit his job empty-handed on July 20.
Krumpter, who announced his retirement Monday, tells The Point that his separation check will total $540,000. That includes pay for accrued sick time, unused vacation days, comp time, personal days and a few other perks. His pension, though not yet figured to the penny, will be about $150,000 a year. And that’s leaving plenty of money on the table, as Nassau cop contracts limit how many accrued days can be cashed out.
And he has options. Krumpter says he is looking at five job opportunities of various descriptions in policing, in the private sector and in another government role.
One opening prominently mentioned is running the police department in Lloyd Harbor. To take the job and still collect his pension before turning 65, the 50-year-old Krumpter would need a waiver saying he’s uniquely qualified to do that work.
But getting such a waiver usually isn’t a problem, and it particularly shouldn’t be in this case: If he moves from a 2,500-person command to the 13-person Lloyd Harbor department, Krumpter will definitely be uniquely qualified.
Where the Islanders won’t be
The state’s top court has eliminated one possible site for a new home for the New York Islanders.
In a decision Tuesday morning, the Court of Appeals ruled that the developers of Willets Point can’t build a mall on the Citi Field parking lot. The court found that the property is park land — part of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park — and building on it would violate the state’s public trust doctrine. That means developers would need approval from the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo before building on that part of the site.
And so, all eyes turn east to Belmont Park, a site without the legal wrangling and environmental problems of Willets — and one that makes sense as a potential future home for the Islanders.
But building at Belmont would require the state to issue a request for development proposals. Everyone’s been waiting for one for months — and it’s still nowhere to be seen. A state economic development spokeswoman has said officials are “continuing to finalize” the request, but there’s been no word from the state as to when it will be formally issued.
So the Islanders’ path to a new home remains cluttered with obstacles. And sources have told The Point that the team is getting antsy.
Randi F. Marshall
D-Day, 73 years later
Above is the cartoon Newsday printed the day after D-Day in 1944. Click here to read an editorial printed shortly after D-Day unfolded.
Albany in Wonderland
The Democratic Party dysfunction in the New York State Senate is growing, if that’s possible. Now national Dems are pressuring the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference to realign itself with the mainline conference.
The solution might be in plain view.
At stake is control of the 63-seat chamber. There are 23 mainline Democrats, eight in the IDC and 31 Republicans. And Brooklyn’s Simcha Felder, a Democrat who, like the IDC, caucuses with the Republicans.
If the IDC and Felder returned to the fold, New York would turn all blue, with Democrats as governor, attorney general and comptroller and enjoying a sizable majority in the Assembly.
Felder recently challenged the IDC to rejoin the mainline faction, with the implication that he would follow. But Sen. Jeff Klein, the head of the IDC, says that’s not going to happen. And Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo right now is more invested in the fight to turn blue six state GOP-held congressional seats.
So the Senate Democrats will have to do it themselves. If Klein won’t come to the Dems, why not go to him? What would happen if all 23 mainstream Democrats walked down the hall and told Klein they were joining his breakaway faction? Felder would have no choice but to come along. And it would be a unified conference, albeit under a different name, but what’s in a name if it spells majority?
Of course, there is the problem of leadership. Most of the mainline Dems hate Klein. Andrea Stewart Cousins, their leader, would lose her post. But that might only last until the next leadership election.
It’s Albany, where anything — except effective ethics reform — can happen.