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Convicted Ex-Massachusetts House Speaker Forfeits Pension

The Massachusetts State House

   The imprisoned former speaker of the Massachusetts House, Salvatore DiMassi has been stripped of his state pension.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Retirement Board voted  Thursday to revoke DiMassi’s  state  pension, which totaled  $60, 142 annually. The board had acted last September to suspend the pension after DiMassi was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for corruption. DiMassi was convicted by a jury on charges related to scheme to steer state contracts to a software company in exchange for a $65,000 payment.  DiMassi’s lawyers filed an appeal last week, in which they argue the government never proved DiMassi accepted money in exchange for official acts.  DiMassi, who is 66, was diagnosed last April with cancer of the tongue and lymph nodes

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.