Letter: Hold the 'double-dip' label

Commissioner Justin McCaffrey can legally take home his Commissioner Justin McCaffrey can legally take home his $122,692 salary and the $54,000 pension he receives as a retired New York Police Department sergeant. Photo Credit: Town of Oyster Bay

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Once again, Newsday puts a negative slant on a story concerning a retired public employee working in a new civil service job ["Oyster Bay: Double-dip gets OK, again," News, March 28]. I fail to see the reason for outrage here.

Commissioner Justin McCaffrey fulfilled all the requirements for his New York City Police Department pension; he is free to spend his retirement fishing, watching TV or in another paid occupation. He's not receiving charity; he is entitled to this money.

The only thing relevant about his pension is that it reflects his prior experience with the NYPD, and that makes him highly qualified for his current position as Oyster Bay chief of public safety. Did someone expect him to perform this job for free? Or that someone else would have taken the position for minimum wage?

If enough voters disapprove of the public pension system, they can demand that their legislators change it. It is an injustice to discriminate against public retirees by asserting that they should be ineligible for other public employment by branding them as double-dippers.

James Policke, Selden

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