New York Post
April 2, 2003

POL URGES UNPAID COP OVERTIME

By ROBERT HARDT Jr.

Powerful Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens suggested yesterday that New York's cops and firefighters should work overtime without pay as a wartime sacrifice.

"I really feel strongly that we ought to find some way to convince the people that there ought to be some volunteerism at home," said Stevens, a Republican who's chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"Those people overseas in the desert - they're not getting paid overtime . . . I don't know why the people working for the cities and counties ought to be paid overtime when they're responding to matters of national security," he said.

"Sixty of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11 were off duty, volunteering to put their lives on the line. We've already done our share," said Uniformed Firefighters Association President Steve Cassidy.

"New York City police officers are among the hardest-working and lowest-paid in the nation. We are on duty 24 hours a day and we are not compensated for 24 hours. In many respects we are already volunteering our services for the safety of New York," said Al O'Leary, spokesman for the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association.