Not long ago I wrote a column to support the idea of stripping convicted public officials of their pension benefits. Case in point, the downfall of state Sen. Vinnie Leibell who pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and income tax evasion.
I urged readers to call the offices of a key Senate panel– the committee on civil service and pensions– where many pension forfeiture bills die a quiet death. These are commonly called, “Bad-Boy Bills.”
Many made those calls, urging passage of such bills. I know because I heard from one of the Senate offices– that of Andrew Lanza of Staten Island.
I also heard from a reader. Gerry Muir of Mamaroenck wrote:
Well, I called up everyone on your list, and here are the results:
Andrew Lanza — co-sponsor of this bill (Senate # 4068) so he supports it.
Joseph Addabo — I left a message on his machine, and hope he’ll call back.
Martin Dilan — Person who answered this phone said M.D. had not yet decided. I asked him what he’s waiting for.
Brian Foley supports this bill.
Charles Fuschillo’s person said she didn’t know where C.F. stood, but would give him the benefit of my advice.
Kemp Hannon and Shirley Huntley — same as Fuschillo; both will supposedly call me back.
Bill Perkins’s person said he didn’t know where B.P. stood, but would relay my views. Also gave me a few weasel words when I commented about the people potentially affected by this law being the ones who can make or break it. Yeah, yeah. Go tell it to Charlie Rangel!
Bill Robach — I left message on his machine, and he’s supposed to call me back.
Antoine Thompson — His person will tell A.T. what I said, and A.T. will call me back.
Of the five senators promising to call me back, I’ll be surprised if even one of them does!
Thank you for exposing this problem and its beneficiaries!