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If Suffolk were paying its state pension bills on time, the county this year would have seen its first cost reduction in the aftermath of the Wall Street fiscal meltdown, from $224.1 million to $217.5 million. However, because the county has already borrowed $272 million from the state, legislative budget analysts say the county’s 2015 pension bill, paid in February, rose from $155.9 million to $186.8 million. That total includes $29.2 million in interest costs from past borrowings. To pay this year’s bill, the county also borrowed another $59.8 million from the state, which it will repay over the next 12 years.