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Eastchester Town Board Okays Retirement Package

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - The Eastchester Town Board unanimously agreed to a retirement incentive package to be offered to veteran town police officers .

At Tuesday night's town board meeting, Supervisor Anthony Colavita said that officers who have 25 years or more on the department will be offered a package designed to encourage their retirement.

"Some of the members of the police department are making more than $100,000 per year," Colavita said. "If these officers retire, the savings to the town will be significant."

Veteran officers will be offered a bonus of $1,000 per year of service with a cap of $25,000. Officers interested in the package must advise the town by July 29, so that expenses can be factored into the town's operating budget.

Police Chief Timothy Bonci said that at least nine officers out of his 49 member staff are eligible for the package.

Bonci was also at the town board meeting, held at the Tuckahoe Community Center, in order to announce the installation of computers in two patrol cars.

Officers are now able to scan in the license and registration of drivers who are pulled over, and generate a ticket via a computer and a small printer installed in the patrol cars.

Under the current system, officers write tickets by hand and bring copies back to headquarters at the end of each shift. From there the tickets are entered by hand into the department's computer data base. At the end of each month the department must generate a report that goes to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Bonci explained that all of those steps will be eliminated with the new computer system. The computer program will automatically link with the department computer system and the state system.

"It saves a tremendous amount of manpower hours and makes our department more efficient," Bonci said.

Bonci said the computers were purchased with money received from a grant from the state.

Colavita praised the program for its savings of cash, time and paper.

"These are all ways we have been working to save money and keep our taxes as low as possible,' he said.

The Town Board will meet again on August 2 .

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