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Letter: Suspect leaders still get pensions

Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Mount Sinai), left, debates a

Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Mount Sinai), left, debates a rule with Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Democratic lawmakers later walked out of the Senate in protest Wednesday after Republicans refused to allow a vote to remove Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) as Senate majority leader. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

What do Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and former Roslyn school Superintendent Frank Tassone have in common ["Calls for Skelos ouster," News, May 7]?

They get to collect their pensions and health benefits, even though Tassone, who stole millions, broke the public trust, and Skelos and Silver are accused of having done so.

It almost pays to take chances in New York State government to steal, lie and cheat. What do they have to lose compared with someone from the private sector who not only goes to jail but loses his or her livelihood?

It's really amazing how these elected officials expose themselves and then run again for office, or the party finds them another job. How is that possible? Rome is burning!

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

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