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.