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New York voters to decide whether to strip corrupt public officials of pensions

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Jan 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-31 12:53:09-05

Voters in New York state will decide this fall whether to allow a judge to strip or reduce the pensions of public officials convicted of corruption.
    
The question will appear on the November ballot as a proposed constitutional amendment.
    
Supporters say officials who violate the public trust don't deserve to keep their civil service pensions.
    
If approved by the voters, the measure would apply to lawmakers, top municipal and state officials, gubernatorial appointees and agency heads.
    
Lawmakers passed a law in 2011 that allowed judges to revoke or reduce pensions of crooked lawmakers, but that law didn't apply to sitting lawmakers at the time. A constitutional amendment is needed to apply the pension forfeiture law to all lawmakers.

The law would not affect the pensions of past lawmakers convicted of crimes, such as former legislative leaders Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver and former state comptroller Alan Hevesi.