Sunday, February 12, 2006

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


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!

posted by An Educational Voyage @ 2/12/2006 01:45:00 PM  
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At 2/12/2006 3:27 PM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

You're absolutely right, as usual.

They still clear considerably more than student teachers, though.

At 2/13/2006 12:03 AM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

NYC student teachers get paid?


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