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Letter: Disturbed by pensions for wrongdoers

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis pins the shield

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis pins the shield on new Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Burke Jr. during a swearing-in ceremony at Mount Vernon City Hall on Friday. (March 1, 2013) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

As I read about former Suffolk Chief of Police James Burke applying for $434,000 in unused vacation and sick pay although he faces federal charges of deprivation of civil rights and conspiracy to obstruct justice, I have to ask a general question:

How long will we allow public employees who breech our trust and commit crimes to retire while we support them for the remainder of their lives [“Ex top cop’s payout,” News, Jan. 5]?

This has become a common occurrence in New York, from the school officials in Roslyn who stole millions from their district all the way up to elected officials who leave office in scandal.

We need to put an end to the contracts that allow for a systemic abuse of the taxpayers of New York. If you commit a crime that costs you your job, you should lose everything other than what you actually contributed to your retirement. If you were involved in criminal activity, you were not doing the job we were paying you to do, which means we shouldn’t be paying you.

Robert Broder, Stony Brook


I absolutely believe that pensions of convicted legislators should be forfeited [“Convicted, Skelos seeks pension,” News, Dec. 30].

If a bank robber were able to bury some of the money in a hole, wouldn’t the bank go after the money the robber buried? Of course. The bank wouldn’t let him keep it just because he got the money away from the bank and buried it.

Isn’t this the same thing as the corrupt legislators keeping their pensions after being convicted?

Keith Franceschiello, Locust Valley