Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
From now on, those looking to work in Westbury’s Recreation Department will undergo more rigorous scrutiny.
The village code was amended at a recent board meeting to require that all new village parks and recreation department employees that work closely with children take background and toxicology tests. While new CDL operators underwent background and drug and alcohol testing, no such system was in place for hires at the recreation department.
The board noted that nothing had happened to precipitate the resolution.
“It’s probably something we should have done a while ago, just in terms of making sure the people we have working in these programs don’t have any adverse criminal history that would make them unsuitable for dealing with children,” Mayor Peter Cavallaro said. “I think it’s a common sense thing.”
Current employees will also have to be tested, and applicants (including seasonal employees who are considered new hires each year) will be tested before hired. Village attorney Dwight Kraemer said he estimates about 15 to 20 parks and recreation employees will be tested, including part time and seasonal workers.
Checks will be done by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. Background checks cost $85.75 and toxicology tests cost around $40 and will be paid for by the village. The board will receive notice once they’re in the system and the State Department of Criminal Justice will report to the village if there are any incidences, such as DUIs, convictions or pending charges.