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Don't let convicted exofficials get pensions

A statue stands in front of the New

A statue stands in front of the New York State Capitol building in Albany on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Photo Credit: Bloomberg / Ron Antonelli

It's absurd that New York State officials convicted of crimes -- even those sitting in prison -- are eligible to collect state pensions. It's even more ridiculous that legislators in Albany haven't stopped the practice.

Albany had the opportunity this past session to provide a real deterrent to bad behavior by passing legislation that would start the process of amending the state constitution to cut off pensions to state elected officials convicted of felonies.

They said they would. They failed. Meanwhile, at least 13 former elected state officials are eligible to collect a total of $604,430 in annual pension checks. Our legislators must be accountable -- and they're all up for re-election in November 2016.

Passing pension forfeiture by then would show a commitment to cleaning up Albany.

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