Disgraced New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may be leaving the governor’s mansion but he still wants to collect a check for the rest of his life. Cuomo has filed paperwork that if approved would grant him a $50,000 annual pension for the rest of his life.
The Daily Wire reports:
“The Empire Center crunched the numbers based on Cuomo’s annual pay and years of service and estimated he would be eligible for $4,222 a month in retirement income or $50,662 a year for the rest of his life,” said the Post. “Currently, a public official could have his or her pension reduced or revoked if convicted of a felony under the ‘Public Integrity Reform Act’ approved by Cuomo in 2011, his first year as governor.”
But resignation doesn’t revoke a pension under the act approved by Cuomo.
In the State Assembly, a bill has been introduced to mandate forfeiture of a pension under certain circumstances, but the legislation requires a constitutional amendment, which is unlikely.
New Yorkers were appalled by the idea of their taxes going towards Cuomo for the rest of his life.
“The only reason I would support Cuomo getting a pension is if he donated it to the harassment victims or the nursing home families whose loved ones died from COVID because of his policies,” Tracey Alvino said, whose father was infected with COVID-19 in a Long Island nursing home and later died.
Cuomo is still under investigation.