Wage Freeze lifted

The Nassau County Legislature LAST night passed new wage agreements with major county unions in what officials called a major step toward ending a three-year pay freeze for much of the county workforce.
The County Legislature voted 19-0 to authorize a memorandum of agreement between County Executive Edward Mangano and the Civil Service Employees Association. Lawmakers voted 13-0, with six of eight Democrats abstaining, for deals with the Police Benevolent Association, Detectives Association and the Superior Officers Association.
The pacts — which do not include the correction officers union — must be ratified by the county’s fiscal control board, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. If finalized, cost-of-living raises for current workers and “step” increases for length of service that have been frozen since early 2011 would be reinstated. In addition, a lower salary scale will be set for future hires, who also would begin contributing to their health care plans.  
A key revenue component would come from new speed cameras in 56 school zones. But the state has yet to approve them. 
NIFA has said the wage freeze saved $230 million.

Tommy John surgery for Parnell


While the Mets are in Atlanta, closer Bobby Parnell is slated to have Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow today.  He will have a partially torn medial collateral ligament replaced and miss the rest of the season.

Parnell originally hoped to avoid surgery through rest and rehab.

Yankee’s win Jeter’s final home opener


It was a memorable final home-opener yesterday for Derek Jeter.

The Yankee captain doubled and scored as New York beat Baltimore yesterday, 4-to-2.  For his 20th and final season, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera threw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada.  Jeter received the expected standing ovation from a crowd of just more than 41-thousand at Yankee Stadium.

LIRR ticket machines scams

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Long Island Rail Road riders are once again being warned about possible scammers when purchasing tickets at the railroad’s vending machines.

The warning comes after LIRR employees discovered card skimming devices and tiny hidden cameras attached to the Ticket Vending Machines at the Baldwin station last week.  The MTA Police Department is urging customers who have purchased a rail ticket from any LIRR station with a credit or debit card to immediately check with their bank or credit card company to see if there is any unauthorized activity.

MTA officials are currently investigating the Baldwin case and have identified a possible suspect.

Sandy victims on the clock


Officials are alerting Superstorm Sandy victims they have until this Friday to sign up for housing assistance.

Homeowners have until April 11th to sign up  for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.  “News 12” reports an open house event was held last night at Briarcliff College.   Suffolk lawmakers, New York Rising employees and contractors were among the attendees.