On Thursday, Mayor William Hallenbeck signed into law the new four-year contract with the Hudson Police Department. Tom Casey has the story in today's Register-Star: "No sweat: City inks police pact."
Hallenbeck, who prior to becoming mayor of Hudson spent his life in some kind of law enforcement, thinks it is a "fair contract." Common Council president Don Moore is similarly happy with the agreement, saying, "The city now has the opportunity to attend to other projects and ideas that will build to support both business and infrastructure." Only City treasurer Eileen Halloran, charged with overseeing the budget, sees the contract negotiations as a missed opportunity to save the taxpayers money. She is quoted as saying, "It needs to be made clear that a person can value and respect the hard work of public employees even as they urge their elected representatives to take action to hold the line on spending."
Halloran's position on the police contract raised the ire of Hallenbeck who accused her of "political posturing" and suggested that she "reduce her salary from $60,000 to $45,000 [the mayor's salary] if she was concerned about saving taxpayers money." It is not clear if Hallenbeck's comments were made in the public hearing or in a subsequent interview with Casey.