Wednesday, May 14, 2008

School Attorneys Suing to Get Pension Credits Back

The gall of these people. Trying to wring as much money as they can out of taxpayers, getting caught and now suing AG Cuomo and Comptroller DiNapoli.
It figures that the four unnamed participants in the lawsuit are from Long Island.
From the Albany Times Union "An Albany lawyer is preparing a class-action lawsuit to try to stop Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli from stripping pension credits from lawyers who state officials say don't deserve them."

" While he wouldn't immediately divulge details of his legal strategy or name the initial plaintiffs, Roemer said he's representing four individuals from Long Island who have lost pension credits during the past few weeks.

"We've been working on this project, if you will, for almost a month and we've dubbed it 'Operation Pushback,' " said Roemer who is with the Roemer Wallins & Minneaux. He also is working with members of the DeGraff, Foy and Kunz firm."

"DiNapoli spokeswoman Emily DeSantis predicted the comptroller would withstand any challenge.

"These individuals were not entitled to that service credit because they acted as independent contractors, not employees," she said of those who've lost their credits. "We are confident that our determinations will be upheld."

Roemer has been one of the central characters in the pension controversy. His situation was detailed in a 1997 Times Union story that disclosed how he had accrued $80,240 in annual pension credits for his work as a labor contract negotiator for the cities of Utica, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, as well as the town of Colonie and Schoharie and Sullivan counties.

By the time Roemer started collecting his pension in 2001, it was worth $119,874 a year, according to state records."

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