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Sun May 18, 2014, 05:12 PM


Editorial: State pension should not go to private lobbyists

Time for employees of private organizations to stop padding their nest eggs with public money.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-62nd District, Newfane, and Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan, D-149th District, Buffalo, are pursuing legislation to prevent additional state pension benefits from going to people employed by nonprofit groups. It would seem that reserving government perks for those actually employed by the government would be a no-brainer, but we are talking about how things have historically been done in Albany. This means we canít necessarily presume common sense was in ample supply.

According to a Sunday story on the website for the Post-Standard (www.syracuse. com), more than 100 employees for lobbying groups are in the state pension system. They either work for or are retired from the New York State Conference of Mayors, New York State Association of Counties, New York State Association of Towns and New York State School Boards Association.

This practice is justified under the flimsy argument that since the lobbying done by these groups assists public bodies, their employees should be rewarded with publicly financed benefits. Sen. Maziarz and Assemblyman Ryan seek to scale this back even more than previous measures did.


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