City, police union eye agreement

GLOVERSVILLE – The city and the union representing the Police Department, the Police Benevolent Association, are eyeing an agreement.

The previous contract between the city and the union expired Dec. 31, 2010.

The proposed agreement covers the period from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2013, according to the resolution before the council.

New York state’s Taylor Law and it’s Triborough Amendment mandate all provisions of a public-employee union contract remain in place, even after the contract expires, until a new deal is agreed to by both sides.

This morning, Mayor Dayton King declined to speak about any of the terms of the new contract stating that he would need to address the council first and would disclose the information to the public following an executive session at the meeting Tuesday.

“We are going to talk about [the contract],” King said. “We are going to go into executive session to talk about some contract negotiations and ideally we will come out and pass it. I wish I could talk more about it, but I have to talk to my council first.”

Despite not disclosing any of the terms, King spoke about what the contract may entail and the benefit it would have on the city.

“We basically have a memorandum of understanding that we can pass tomorrow night hopefully,” King said. “It is good to move forward and we have some things that are going to save the city some money and they have some things they are happy about. We finally agreed to some terms and I think that’s important.”

Dennis Smith, president of the city PBA, could not be reached for comment this morning.

The PBA represents all members of the police department excluding Police Chief Donald VanDeusen.

VanDeusen declined to comment this morning on an pending deal between the city and PBA.

“After it has been agreed upon by both parties I’ll be happy to comment,” the chief said.

Smith previously said the last contract was a five-year agreement, but the union has recommended to have the next contract be a six- or seven-year deal.

The city also has negotiations with the Gloversville Firefighters Associations and the CSEA to address in the future.

This time last year, the council approved the terms of an agreement with the Teamsters Local 294. King said that contract included a 2 percent raise effective when the new health insurance plan took effect.

Public hearings

After the Planning Board recommended a zoning change for two properties on South Kingsboro Avenue for the second time, the Common Council will hold a public hearing at the meeting before potentially approving the change.

Mario Albanese would like to change the zoning to commercial for two of his properties along South Kingsboro Avenue – just north of the properties that recently had their zoning changed. The two vacant pieces of property are on the same side of South Kingsboro Avenue, situated in the wooded areas on each side of a Lexington Center property.

At the January Common Council meeting, city Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones said to save time, he requested the city Planning Board provide a recommendation. Prior to the meeting, the board recommended the council OK the zoning changes for the two properties.

However, city Attorney Anthony Casale said approval would have to be resubmitted to the board because it wasn’t recommended by the council.

The council also will conduct a public hearing Tuesday on the terms of a tax agreement regarding the Kingsborough Apartments on South Main Street.

According to a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement, 34 South Main Housing Development Fund Co. holds title to the property for the benefit of Kingsborough Apartments.

The agreement states the city would exempt the property from local and municipal taxes, other than assessments for local improvements, 100 percent of the value of the property, including both the land and the improvements included in the project.

The tax exemption will take effect on the first tax-status date following the acquisition of the fee title interest by the HDFC and will continue for a period of 30 years. The company will instead make annual PILOTs in the amount of $5,000 on or before Jan. 31.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 6 p.m.