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Report Lists 'Double Dippers' With NY Pensions

  The Empire Center reports 665 retired public workers in New York this year had authorization to "double dip" and keep collecting pensions while getting paid again by returning to work in the public sector.

The fiscally conservative organization's report Monday lists retirees under age 65 collecting full public pension benefits who have waivers from the normal restriction against earnings from a state or local agency of $30,000 or more.

According to the center, at least 7,361 post-retirement waivers have been submitted since 1998. There were 665 active waivers on file with New York government agencies this year.
One issued by the Department of Civil Service allows a contractor to be paid up to $210,000 from Herkimer County for mental health services while collecting a pension of $99,204.
(c) 2014 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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