Binghamton Budget Could Cut 13 Police Jobs

By WBNG News

Binghamton Budget Could Cut 13 Police Jobs

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 2, 2009 at 5:10 PM EST

13 police positions could be cut if next year's proposed Binghamton budget is adopted.

Action News spoke with Chief Joe Zikuski about the size of the department and city safety.

7 of the 13 positions are already vacant and a few people plan to retire.

But Zikuski expects at least 2 of the newest hires would be laid off.

Faced with fewer numbers, he's afraid the remaining officers would work longer hours.

But he says it's his job to manage overtime costs.

"There is going to be some, there are some contractual obligations that we have to fulfill, and we're going to have to see how this all plays out. Ya know, we've talked about it, and we're going to try to address it and do the best we can when it arises." said Zikuski.

Despite the possible downsize in force, Zikuski is confident the department would be able to protect the city adequately.

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