NYPD Rookies are N.Y.C.'s Poorest!
It is disgraceful that a city like New York so under values those who pledge to give their lives for the public. How does Bloomberg sleep at night?
New York Daily News - City News - Rookies are N.Y.'s poorest: "Rookies are N.Y.'s poorest
Cops try to get by on 25G
BY JONATHAN LEMIRE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
The 1,211 recruits sworn into the NYPD's latest academy class pledged to put their lives on the line to protect and serve the city.
But during the six months they are training, these brave men and women will earn less than city bus drivers, sanitation workers and gardeners - pocketing roughly $370.17 after taxes each week.
'These cops - these heroes in training - can barely make ends meet when they are in Police Academy,' said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. 'It is disgraceful.'
The $25,100 annual salary is down significantly from the $38,000 earned by NYPD recruits sworn in last July before a new contract between the police union and City Hall lowered the academy pay.
By comparison, the city Sanitation Department pays new hires about $26,000 a year and the starting salary for Parks Department gardeners is $30,630. New bus drivers earn about $35,000 a year.
Almost every penny of the NYPD recruits' $370.17 weekly take-home pay must be devoted toward academy expenses, union officials argued."
It is awe inspiring to me that these brave souls actually sign up!
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