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Suffolk: Of pension tensions -- and questions of sacrifice

County Executive Steve Levy proposed “tough” solutions to skyrocketing state pension costs including forcing new employees into a defined contribution plan. But he balked when asked if he would voluntarily limit his own pension to show leadership.

However, Legis. Tom Cilmi (R-Bay Shore) filled the breach, saying he would “absolutely” volunteer to limit his own pension. He noted that Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) has filed a bill that would limit pensions for elected officials.

Levy said he would have to review the issue “depending on what it is.” Later his office issued a statement, saying that “all current employees including himself should have the option” to take the defined benefit plan, but made no commitment for Levy.

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