State Legislators Double-Dip Salaries, Pensions; Lone Holdout Honored
For balance, a Republican state senator is found, George H. Winner, who left the assembly after winning his senate seat and draws an assembly pension of $80,000 along with a senate salary of $89,000. Such double-dips were curtailed by a 1995 law, but it only applies to officials elected thereafter -- the Times' subjects, like many members of our calcified legislature, have been serving a long, long time.
The hero of the story is Democratic assembly member Bob Reilly (pictured), who draws a pension but donates his salary to charity. He's also the sponsor of a bill to prohibit officials convicted of crimes from drawing pensions. Kevin Parker and Hiram Monserrate (and -- we can dream, can't we? -- Pedro Espada Jr.), take note.