Here is how the Newsday editorial board proposes to amend the New York State constitution’s provision on pensions. The existing text is in regular type. Our revision, in capital letters, follows legislative style — ready-made for adoption.
Resolved, That section 7 of article 5 of the constitution be amended to read as follows: After July first, nineteen hundred forty, membership in any pension or retirement system of the state or of a civil division thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired. ANY STATE OR LOCAL OFFICER, AS SUCH TERMS ARE DEFINED IN SECTION TWO OF THE PUBLIC OFFICERS LAW, WHO IS CONVICTED OF A FELONY THAT IS IN ANY WAY RELATED TO HIS OR HER SERVICE AS A PUBLIC OFFICER SHALL, AFTER FINAL APPEAL, BE SUBJECT TO FORFEITURE OF RIGHTS OR PRIVILEGES UNDER A PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR PENSION PLAN AS PROVIDED BY LAW. THIS PROVISION APPLIES ONLY TO THE PENSION OWED TO THE PUBLIC OFFICER DERIVING FROM THE JOB THE OFFICER HELD AT THE TIME OF COMMISSION OF THE FELONY, AND SHALL NOT PRECLUDE THE OFFICER FROM RECEIVING A REFUND OF ANY CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY SUCH OFFICER TO A PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR PENSION PLAN.