“And the (Fire Department) contract — with 24-hour shifts, paying employees to sleep and not work Sundays or holidays when on shift and the required manning clause — does not allow the city to save on personnel costs or improve efficiencies, so changes must be made,” he said.
“The Police Department budget is larger, but the problems we deal with in this department are increasing. Escalating drug use, meth labs, burglaries, gun use and domestic violence are just some of these issues on the rise.
‘The police contract is more affordable and efficient than the fire union contract.”
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THE COST OF SAFETY
This is the fourth of five articles looking at the budgets of Plattsburgh City Fire and Police departments and proposals for change.
- Tomorrow: Can the Police Department trim costs?