Lobbyists For Private Firms Receiving Taxpayer Funded Pensions In New York


Nobody in the private sector receives taxpayer funded pensions right?

Wrong. There are a few private sector workers receiving pensions paid for by taxpayers, and I’m not talking about former public sector workers who retire and then go to work in the private sector. I’m talking about lobbyists in New York who were able to carve out some pretty sweet deals for themselves in addition to their clients.

New York state taxpayers are funding the retirement pensions for more than 100 private employees of groups that lobby Albany on behalf of local governments even though they are not public employees.

The state is already paying for the retirement of 65 employees who counted one of the following nonprofits as their employers: New York State Conference of Mayors, New York State School Boards Association, New York State Association of Counties and the New York State Association of Towns.

Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, have introduced bills in each house this spring to stop the practice.

“Taxpayers have been footing the bill for these lobbyists’ pensions for too long and it has to stop now,” Maziarz said. (Read More)

Unfortunately, the bills being considered will only address future employees, and stop contributions for current employees, but won’t do anything about those who have already “earned” their pensions. What a state.