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New York police 'days-off perk' revoked

By Andrew Strickler

NEW YORK — The Malverne police union that claimed hundreds of paid days off for officers who worked "special" holidays such as Gold Star Mother's Day and Child Health Day has lost its bid to keep the unusual perk and accrued time off.

An independent arbitrator's decision to side with the village means about half of the department's 22 officers owe back time for work on more than two dozen arcane observances, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton Day (Nov. 12) and Gerald Ford Day (Jan. 2).

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