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Letter: Pensions for convicts a slap in the face

Then-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), left,

Then-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), left, and then-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), talk to reporters outside Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office at the Capitol in Albany after a budget meeting on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Credit: AP


I’m writing in support of Newsday’s proposed amendment to revoke pension payments for elected public officials and high-ranking appointees convicted of wrongdoing in their public positions [“Break the law, lose the pension,” Editorial, Jan. 24].

As a retired teacher, it’s a slap in my face to see any public money spent in such an obviously wrong manner. Those who have violated the public trust have not only embarrassed themselves, but have said to all conscientious working people that the only way to better yourself is to act dishonestly. The country cannot afford to follow this road.

I would go a bit further in saying that anyone convicted of a crime should not be entitled to receive a public pension. Those payments could be used to offset the cost of incarceration.

Diane Asser, Eatons Neck