Rensselaer County and the members of the Sheriff’s Road Patrol last week signed a Tentative Settlement Agreement on a Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The term of the agreement runs through December 31, 2022.  The agreement provides salary increases to the Deputies and makes common sense adjustments to existing contract language that is beneficial for both the Deputies and the County.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin stated “I want to congratulate members of our valued Sheriff’s Road Patrol that do the hard work of protecting our residents and ensuring that our community is safe.”  McLaughlin elaborated that “My administration has worked hard to settle fair and equitable agreements with our workforce that rewards them for their fine work while at the same time protecting the taxpayers’ dollars.”  McLaughlin further added that “Out of the four bargaining units in the County, three agreements have been reached and we are hopeful that the last one will be settled soon.  These agreements have been done sooner than they have in recent memory and I want to thank Karlee Bolaños, our chief negotiator for the County, for her fine and timely work.”

Sheriff Pat Russo said, “I am glad that our hardworking Road Patrol has come to terms with the County.  Their contribution is a critical factor in our continued success in Rensselaer County’s public protection piece. The women and men of the Road Patrol are deserving of these increases and I look forward to continuing our partnership as we work diligently to protect our citizenry together.”

The agreement needs to be ratified by the full membership of the Road Patrol and approved by the Rensselaer County Legislature.