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Greenburgh Approves Budget, Settles Teamsters Contract

The Greenburgh Town Board met Tuesday to approve the 2013 budget and to settle a contract with the Teamsters Union.
The Greenburgh Town Board met Tuesday to approve the 2013 budget and to settle a contract with the Teamsters Union. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Greenburgh Town Board unanimously approved a 2013 budget of $68.2 million for unincorporated Greenburgh and $15.8 million for Greenburgh's villages on Tuesday morning.

The budget will raise the tax rate about 3 percent for unincorporated Greenburgh residents and 2.7 percent for village residents. For every house assessed at $1 million, the yearly increase will be $171 for unincorporated Greenburgh residents and $15 for village residents.

Excluding pension rate increases, the budget remains within the state-mandated tax cap, with a tax levy increase of about 2.3 percent.

Also at Tuesday's work session, the Town Board finally settled a contract with the Teamsters Union, which represents Greenburgh's Department of Public Works employees, who have been without a contract for several years. The settlement resolves heated debates between the department and the Town Board that were ongoing for the past several months as employees demanded pay increases and a contract that wouldn't force them to pay such a high health-care contribution.

After receiving no salary increases in 2009 or 2010 and a 1 percent increase in 2011, employees will receive a 1.75 increase in 2012 and 2013 plus an additional $500 each year, and a 2.25 percent increase in 2014 with an additional $400.

The additional money will mostly go toward health-care contributions employees will have to pay, which will amount to about $600 each year, said Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.

"I feel it's a fair contribution. The employees work really hard and didn't slow down during the storm," said Feiner, referring to the department's overtime hours during Hurricane Sandy.

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