Goldberg Segalla Helps City of Buffalo Return Police Officer to Work November, 10, 2012

Matthew C. Van Vessem, a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, obtained a favorable determination for the City of Buffalo with regard to a police officer on General Municipal Law Section 207-c status. In the decision, on November 10, 2012, an arbitrator returned to work an officer who had been off the job for several years.

This victory for the city was the most recent in a series of favorable decisions rendered during the year which saw Goldberg Segalla help the city return at least 10 officers to work who had been out of work for an extended period under the General Municipal Law.

On January 12, 2012, Matt led Goldberg Segalla to a successful New York State Supreme Court ruling in favor of the City of Buffalo over the Buffalo Professional Firefighters Association. It reverses an April 2011 arbitration award that would have improperly granted retroactive pay raises to Buffalo’s firefighters. The victory saved the city and its taxpayers millions of dollars in potential liability.