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Maine cop joins Niskayuna police force

Maine cop joins Niskayuna police force

The Niskayuna Town Board on Tuesday night hired a new police officer, approved a consulting agreemen

The Niskayuna Town Board on Tuesday night hired a new police officer, approved a consulting agreement aimed at saving the town money and approved the 2014 salary schedule for non-union employees.

The new police officer comes to the town with seven years of law enforcement experience.

Ian C. Munger, 35, grew up in Maine, but has family ties to Niskayuna through his wife, Beth. Her twin sister lives in Niskayuna. The couple has a 6-month-old son, Christopher.

“It’s just something that I’ve always really wanted to do,” Munger said of his career in law enforcement. “I enjoy giving back to the community, being a part of the community, working with a great group of guys and really having a job that I can feel proud of.”

Munger, his wife and son next to him, was sworn in by town Supervisor Joe Landry after the board approved his hiring. The Niskayuna Police Department has 27 officers, including command staff.

Despite his law enforcement experience in Maine, Munger still must go through the police academy here. He is to start the six months of training next month.

Also Tuesday night, the board approved the 2014 salary schedule for non-union town employees by a vote of 3-1. Board member Julie McDonnell voted against it, while Liz Orzel Kasper was not present.

The salary schedule covers department heads and part-time employees.

In explaining her vote, McDonnell said she had “some concerns about a few of the top salaries.” She said she didn’t feel as though she had enough time to address those concerns prior to the meeting, so she voted no.

Afterward, she said those concerns related to longevity increases she thought were high, but she declined to elaborate further. She said she didn’t have enough time to propose an alternative.

Meanwhile, the board approved retaining the services of Troy & Banks, of Buffalo, to review franchise fee terms in the town’s cable television franchise agreement. The firm is to look for any underpayments by Time Warner Cable and then take a fee of half of any money recovered.

The firm is also to review the town’s utilities, looking for refunds, credits or other cost reductions, taking 20 to 25 percent of the money recovered there. If no money is recovered, the company gets nothing.

Landry said the town hires firms to review those areas every five years or so.

The board also promoted Matthew Yetto to the position of deputy water and sewer superintendent. Yetto was previously a senior engineer for the town.

Yetto has essentially been second in command in the department for some time, but now officially has the title.

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