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Police union reaches $400K-plus settlement with village

EAST SYRACUSE — A village in central New York has reached a settlement that will pay former police officers a total of more than $400,000.

Teamsters Local 317 filed a grievance against the Onondaga County village of East Syracuse, claiming it violated its contract by merging its police department with another town’s police department in April 2014. The collective bargaining agreement stated employees should receive lost wages if the village dissolved the police force.

Mayor Robert Tackman tells the Post-Standard of Syracuse (bit.ly/1Rkg0tx) that five former full-time police officers will each receive about $73,000 as well as sick pay, totaling $26,000. Eight part-time officers will receive a total of $30,000.

Tackman says the village will use money from its fund balance.

A union leader said he had no comment on the settlement.