Endicott will continue discussion on police merger

By Perry Russom

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Tempers flared Tuesday night as the Endicott Village Board voted to continue the discussion to merge its police force with the Broome County Sheriff's Office.

In a 2-2 tie that was broken by Endicott Mayor John Bertoni, the board passed the resolution.

The board wanted to make it clear that Tuesday's vote was to continue the discussion, and that a contract with the Broome County Sheriff's Office is not actively being negotiated.

A few members of the police department were still upset, and they showed it Tuesday night.

Members told the board they wished they had come to them directly to negotiate a new contract, rather than to the sheriff's office to see what services they could offer.

The board also passed a resolution that has trustee Joe Nirchi and one other board member to discuss the grievances filed by the Endicott Police Union.

"All the village has to do is sit down with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and negotiate those items to some kind of satisfactory agreement," said Nirchi after the vote.
PBA president Dennis DeWitte said he sees some promise in negotiations with the village.

"I'm at least encouraged about forming some type of committee that was talked about here at the meeting," said DeWitte. "I'm hoping that's going to happen where we can sit down with the sheriff, with the Endicott PBA, the trustees and some citizens."

DeWitte said all along he wanted a professional discussion for the people of Endicott.

Endicott officers in attendance Tuesday said if Broome County wanted the resolution, they should have been there at the meeting to support their belief.