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Cuomo Passes Bill That Will Allow SUNY Cops to Retire After 25 Years

By Kerry Longobucco.
Members of the New York State University Police Department can now retire after 25 years on the job, thanks to a bill passed by Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).

Cuomo gave the SUNY Police Pension Equity Bill his approval on Friday evening, according to Peter Barry, president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State.

Prior to Friday, the New York State University Police Department was the only agency statewide that did not offer its officers the option to collect their pension after 20 or 25 years. Instead, officers were required to work until age 63 before they were eligible to collect their retirement.

PBA officials say policing on SUNY campuses suffered because of the policy. Officials say young police officers often accepted jobs with SUNY -- and soon after, realized that they could join other neighboring agencies, and retire in either 20 or 25 years.

"They get hired through the academy, and then a year or so later, it dawns on them that they have to work twice as long as police officers in a neighboring community," Barry said. "They make the logical decision to go scout out other opportunities to work elsewhere."

PBA officials say this bill will break the 'train and transfer' cycle, and put an end to an era of instability for university police.

Friday's decision was highly anticipated by the PBA, as Cuomo had vetoed the bill last year.