A mayor filling potholes. A reporter dodging buses. A governor who insists he isn’t running for president tweeting about past presidents on Presidents’ Day. A state senator accused of plagiarism. And a fury over educating prison inmates. This was just one of those weeks in New York State where you felt like you were at a tennis match–your head bobbing back and forth from story to story. Like any game, there were winners and losers.
Kenneth Wynder - Wynder’s Law Enforcement Employees Benevolent Association was the first uniondomino to fall on the long list of unsettled municipal contracts that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hasto settle, and he made out pretty well for a portion of his membership. Wynder’s 200 Department ofEnvironmental Protection officers each received an average of $50,000 in retroactive raises, as well asdouble their differential pay on working nights. If it turns out that this contract might serve as the templatefor settlements with the other municipal organizations, those union leaders should tip their cap to Wynderfor setting a favorable pattern.