Days After Governor Cuomo Resigns – NY Taxpayers Find Out They’re On The Hook For His $50K/Year Pension

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reign has come to an end. After the scandal broke wide open in the past week, the embattled New York leader decided he would have to leave office.

Many political leaders, including President Joe Biden, called on Cuomo to resign. And it didn’t take long for the Governor to do exactly that.

However, it seems he’ll be well taken care of — and taxpayers might not be too happy about it.

Though Cuomo is out as New York’s head man, he still logged many years as a high-ranking politician. He has 15 years of government service; 4 years as Attorney General and 11 as Governor.

As a result, he’s in line for a pretty hefty pension.

And unless he’s convicted of a felony, Cuomo will receive that pension forever. And of course, when it comes to pensions, it’s state taxpayers who are on the hook for it.

This isn’t going over well with the former Governor’s critics, many of whom think he shouldn’t get a dime.

But at this point, he’s definitely going to get it. As Empire Center for Public Policy CEO Tim Hoefer told The New York Post:

So if you’re wondering, without a felony conviction and several other steps, Cuomo would be eligible for his full pension, at taxpayer expense, for the rest of his life.

According to the numbers, Cuomo is eligible to receive $4,222 per month in retirement income, which translates to well over $50K every year.

The only way that pension can be revoked – or at least reduced – is if the public official in question is convicted of a felony (this due to the Public Integrity Reform Act).

Ironically, Cuomo approved that Act in his first year as Governor back in 2011.

Just because you resign doesn’t mean you forfeit your pension. And again, this is bad news for Cuomo critics, who don’t see this as a fitting punishment for the disgraced politician.

Tracey Alvino, whose father passed away in a Long Island nursing home due to COVID, said:

The only reason I would support Cuomo getting a pension is if he donated it to the harassment victims or the nursing home families whose loved ones died from COVID because of his policies.

Otherwise New York should pass a law denying a pension to someone who resigns in disgrace for misconduct or is impeached.

It’s important to remember that the former Governor also earned over $5 million for his memoir.

It chronicled his leadership during the pandemic, and it was unfortunately published right around the time the nursing home scandal started to spread throughout the state.

Then there’s Cuomo’s contract, which paid him $3.12 million last year, and he’s slated to get another $2 million this year.

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That’s a lot of money for someone who’s facing very serious accusations and charges. But unless something drastic is done, it doesn’t look like anything is going to change.

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