Cuomo’s running mate in NY is a public pension ‘double dipper’ 

The Wall Street Journal notes that Andrew Cuomo’s running mate in the New York governor’s race is a public pension ‘double dipper’ — someone who retires young and collects his state pension even as he gets another publicly paid salary:

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has shone a spotlight on “double-dipping,” saying that the practice of government employees collecting salaries and public pensions at the same time is helping drive the state’s retirement costs dangerously high.

Now, Mr. Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor, has chosen as his running mate Robert Duffy, who collects a police pension along with his salary as Rochester’s mayor.Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has shone a spotlight on “double-dipping,” saying that the practice of government employees collecting salaries and public pensions at the same time is helping drive the state’s retirement costs dangerously high.

Now, Mr. Cuomo, the Democratic candidate for governor, has chosen as his running mate Robert Duffy, who collects a police pension along with his salary as Rochester’s mayor.

Mr. Duffy, a 55-year-old former police officer, earns $127,694 as mayor and draws an annual, lifetime pension of $70,000. Mr. Duffy’s pension is about 60% of the $114,259 salary he earned in 2005, his last full year on the force. That year, Mr. Duffy retired to run for mayor. He was elected to a second term in 2009.

The mayor’s pension is perfectly legal—a benefit accrued in 28 years of service with the Rochester police force, a tenure that included seven years as its chief.

New York is in the midst of a major fiscal crisis, and Cuomo is running with someone who’s a walking embodiment of the kind of corruption and union extortion that put the state in that position to begin with. Not a good sign.

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