Why do we
publish stories detailing the pensions of recently retired public employees?
question whether this is news.
buff351 wrote on Feb 25, 2012 5:08 AM:
With all the crap going on it is easy to start picking on numbers.... I
am not a cop, this man did what he could. Every city in the United
States wishes it was better. For the Freeman to start throwing salaries
around for the soul purpose of winding the community up is wreckless. Do
not get me wrong the stuff with the PD and FD is horrible. But not
everybody was involved. This man ran that dept to the best of his
ability, hes not under investigation.... and for those of you PRIVATE
citizens that think his job was easy you lost your mind,he should be
getting twice as much....... "
Mypov wrote on Feb 25, 2012 7:28 AM:
Why have you linked Keller in with a convicted fellon and an inepted
school official that has ties to the corruption of that felon. He also
has no ties to the FD scandal going on. If he has been instrumental in
helping to lower the crime rate in the city, then let his merrits stand
by them selves to show that he deserves his pension. That's my POV! "
Veteran wrote on Feb 25, 2012 7:50 AM:
buff351 - you got it right! Another low for the Freeman. What are
they suggesting? Should the Chief who worked 40 plus years have his
pension reduced because of a bad cop? Newspapers like this one make me
sick in their reporting. "
We think it is news for a variety of reasons.
are the obvious facts that public pensions are
a) largely funded with public tax
b) markedly more generous than pensions in the private sector.
one thing to say that, it’s another to spell it out in particulars with the
cases of retired local officials. The issue of pensions is currently
front-and-center in state politics, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo supporting reform
that would reduce the current and future obligations of taxpayers and public
unions and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who manages the state pensions
fund, adamantly opposing such change.
might make the case that it’s the generosity of the pension system that can
lead to quick retirements when the going gets rough, as it did with Gretzinger
and Keller, each implicated in some way with the Matthews case. Neither has
been charged with any criminal or civil wrongdoing, but Gretzinger was in
charge while Matthews double-dipped as a school security guard and Keller was Matthews’
superior while the lieutenant was stealing money out of a department safe.
Their job performance was roundly criticized in the wake of the Matthews
scandal prior to their respective announcements of plans to retire. Why stay in
a job that’s become aggravating when a comfortable retirement is available?
Also, in the
case of Matthews, state law entitles Matthews to a pension for public service,
despite felony conviction for stealing public money while on the job. That’s
newsworthy. The plea agreement fashioned by Ulster County District Attorney
Holley Carnright provides for Matthews to make restitution for what he stole
directly from that pension. And that's newsworthy.
do write stories about how much top officials will be paid when they are hired
and when their contracts are renewed. It only makes sense to close the circle
and tell readers what they will be paid in retirement from the public pension