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Sugar for the unions

by News on September 23, 2011

in Government Employee Unions, Pensions, State and Local

New York Post

Gov. Cuomo won wide respect last spring after he stood up to public-sector unions with a responsible budget and property-tax relief. Today, he can show that he still gets it — by vetoing a typical Albany pension-sweetener bill.

The legislation, which will become law unless he vetoes it by at midnight, would let city cops and firefighters keep their pensions even if guilty of wrongdoing — so long as they’ve put in at least 20 years of service.


Not only would this further fuel runaway pension costs (already up nearly eight-fold in the city over the past decade), it’d also end a powerful disincentive for misconduct, including committing crimes.

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