ALBANY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Officials convicted of a felony could have their pensions reduced or revoked if New York State’s voters approve a constitutional amendment passed by the State Legislature on Monday.
The Legislature has approved the law twice now - a necessary step before it can be placed on the ballot, Republican State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome explained.
The item will be on the ballot in New York State in November.
Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were both eligible for sizable pensions despite convictions on corruption charges.
Griffo praised the Legislature’s move.
“All public officials are held to a higher standard when they are voted into office, and so no corrupt official should be able to benefit financially after they have violated the public’s trust,” Senator Griffo said. “The voters have expressed that they will not tolerate this type of corruption, and neither will this legislative body. While I believe most public officials are honorable men and women who pursue this service with the best intentions, I am proud to join the public in sending the clear message that public officials are sent to Albany to represent the citizenry, not to enrich themselves at the taxpayers’ expense.”
In addition to potentially taking away the official’s pension, the measure would allow the court to consider giving the pension to an innocent dependent or spouse.
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