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Report: Englebright Can Collect Pension While Still Holding Office

Local state assemblyman, 66, was voted in for a 12th term in November.

State Assemb. Steve Englebright, D-Setauket, is one of 13 state lawmakers who are eligible to collect retirement pay while still earning a regular salary as a sitting elected official, according to a report published Wednesday in Newsday.

Englebright, 66, was re-elected to a 12th term this past November. Newsday reported that he filed paperwork that would enable him to collect a full salary of $91,000, including stipends, as well as collect retirement benefits of between $50,000 and $60,000.

"The reality is, this is legal and appropriate," Englebright told Newsday. He said by collecting retirement benefits now, he is effectively capping the benefits he can receive in the future because it would not continue to "compound."

One government watchdog told Newsday that while this is legal, "it looks particularly awful given the times we live in."

According to state law, sitting lawmakers elected before 1995 are legally able to "retire" and then return to elected office, thereby collecting both a salary and a pension. Newsday reported that the state in 1995 limited the amount of legislative pay that a state lawmaker can earn while collecting a pension.

Click here to read the full story from Newsday (subscription required).

Americanivory December 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
TWELVE terms?????????? Really? and this is why there needs to be term limits for these greedy pigs - and cut all the perks they receive. I work hard for my money and do not receive the perks these jerks are stealing from my taxes. Shame, shame, shame on you Steven Englebright and all your cronies - if you want your pension, then retire right now. MY husband retired and is not allowed to work at another civil service position to collect a second pension, yet these clowns stay at the same job collect a paycheck AND a pension. I am sure this is not specific to NY - most, if not all, politicians are in it for themselves not for the good of the community. If there were term limits their pensions would be little to none - how long do they work to be eligible for a pension? What is the "..plus stipends"? What stipends - can you elaborate please Christine Sampson. I'm sure there are many of us taxpayers that would love to know exactly what these people are raping our taxes for. Get out Mr, Englebright, you have shown what you are really made of and you disgust me!
JOHN December 28, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Idiot voters voted for this turd 12 times and you expect him to respect your tax money.
Paul Hart December 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
I don't like it either, but Ronald Regan did the same thing.
EG December 28, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I bet when he dies of old age someday he will still be re-elected, able to stay in office and collect a pension.
Had Enuf! December 29, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Prof mom.... Yes I still lve here but not for long. Once I sell my home and my office building I am moving . They are both on the market . 3 of my 4 employees have agreed to move as well. We will not be in NY to pay off the pension bomb. From your postings I can tell that you must be a state employee... A beneficiary of unsustainable public employee benefits.

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