Brooklyn - State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a former New York City Police Officer and Chairman of the New York State Senate Civil Service and Pensions Committee, tonight has issued the following statement regarding New York City's contract agreement with the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association:
"Tonight, the rank and file men and women of the New York City Police Department are learning the details of a contract agreement reached between the City of New York and the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Those who have dedicated their lives to protecting our streets, for whom a new contract is long overdue, tonight can see the deal on the horizon and their sacrifice recognized.
It was critical that the final contract included the provision, to be supported by State legislation, that allows for three-quarters salary to be paid in instances when an officer is disabled in performance of his duties. It was as late as yesterday that I continued to stress to Mayor Bill de Blasio the importance for this to be part of any final agreement. Those who work to keep us and our families safe deserve to know their families will undoubtedly have an income if they are injured in the line of duty. That was the right thing to do, that was the dutiful thing to do, and I am proud to say that was accomplished with this settlement.
The agreement to incorporate three-quarters salary in this contract shows the courage and bravery of our police officers is respected, appreciated and valued. I look forward to working with the Mayor and my legislative colleagues to see the legislation necessary to implement the three-quarters policy passed this session."