DiNapoli’s Bill Targeting Pension Abuse Passed by State Legislature

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DiNapoli_Thomas ALBANY, NY — The New York State Legislature passed legislation Monday night, June 20, 2011,  to boost State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s ability to catch those who abuse the state pension system. The bill grants the Comptroller’s office access to State Department of Taxation and Finance's wage reporting system to identify New York State and Local Retirement System retirees working for local governments who exceed the state’s post-retirement earnings limitation. If a state or local government employee earns more than those limits, the Comptroller has the authority to suspend and recoup any excess pension payments. 

"I've been pushing hard to end pension abuse," DiNapoli said. "This legislation is the next piece of the puzzle. Our message is clear: Everyone must play by the same rules. This legislation will allow government agencies to work together to reduce fraud, waste and abuse.”

The Retirement and Social Security Law (RSSL) places limits on the amount that may be earned by a retiree who returns to public employment without it affecting his or her pension payments.  Most retirees are covered by Section 212 of the RSSL, which allows retirees under age 65 to earn up to $30,000 per calendar year without any pension penalty. Currently, the Retirement System annually compares retiree information with payroll data for state employees.  However, no similar mechanism existed to check payroll information of the thousands of local public employers statewide.

DiNapoli's legislation would amend Section 171-a of the Tax Law to grant the Comptroller's Office access to Tax and Finance's wage reporting system to match the Retirement System's records with information reported by local governments to Tax and Finance. The match would allow the Comptroller's Office to identify retirees improperly collecting a state pension and a local government salary.

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  1. people are screaming for pension reform because
    the present pension funds will run out
    in a couple of years…its costing billions
    and there is no revenue to cover it read the new york times article..this problem is
    endemic wherever unions had a chance to
    extort deals from polticians…now the party is over

  2. I am under the impression that the state
    already reformed the pension. New people
    that are hired are under a new tier, I am
    not sure of specifics but they have to work
    more than 20 years and contribute 3% or
    so to the pension system, and are capped
    on final year o.t. at around 20%. So I can not
    understand why people are still screaming for
    pension reform.

  3. I SAY WE GO AFTER ALL THE WELL FARE RECIEVERS WHO DO NOTHING ALL DAY BUT GET HIGH. LETS GROW SOME BALLS IN THIS STATE AND START TESTING FOR DRUGS. THEN WE WILL SAVE MONEY. LEAVE THE GUY WHO GOES TO WORK FOR 16 PLUS HOURS A DAY ALONE.

  4. HATERS HATERS HATERS GET ON THAT FREE CHEESE LINES SCUMBAGS< AND LEAVE THE WORKING MAN ALONE. WE ARE PLAYING BY THE RULES.

  5. there is a difference between “earning it legally”
    and earning it because of an unwritten rule that the
    older retiring workers get the overtime exclusively
    to the extent it can be shown that supervisors made
    conscious efforts to direct overtime to only those
    about to retire for the sole purpose of enhancing their
    pensions and that the distribution of overtime was
    not made randomly then I beleive an argument can be
    made that although legal it violated the spirit of the
    overtime provisions and should be modified for those
    receiving outlandish pensions that are multiples of
    their salaries..at least it should be looked into
    by the comptroller’s office or the ag….courts of
    equity can do almost anything

  6. harry wilson should have been the comptroller..he
    owed nobody nothin…he wasn’t the product of a back
    room deal..and he would have quickly and fiercely
    gotten rid of pension abuse whether its the kind outlined above or the payment of pensions based on
    overtime…in fact claw back is necessary for all
    pensions which are based on abuse of the system….
    legal or not

  7. this bastard has known what has happened in Yonkers for years…he has warned against it.
    what does this prick want…congratulations?
    Napoli do your job and identify the people you are accusing.
    if not you are just another piece of shit politician
    there is no surprise here.

  8. There is only one way to tackle pension abuse. That is to not allow anyone to collect a pension until they reach retirement age, 62, 65, 70 etc. This would also stop the double dippin’ which is way out of control. Simply put you cannot get a pension until you have stopped working. This would also help the unemployment figures as if you had no double dippers, you ‘d have more employed.
    All sick leave, holidays must be used, if not you lose them. This crap about gathering an extra years pay over a lifetime and being paid in today’s dollars is just plain crazy.
    Q: Just asking, how did we allow all of this to get so far out of control? A: Politicians that’s how. They have bent over backwards and blow in the wind.

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