Lohr McKinstry at the Plattsburgh Press-Republican has a provocative piece up about two fiscally conservative North Country Republicans who are double-dipping — drawing state pension pay while also earning paychecks from the state of New York.
Many of their constituents would be surprised to learn that Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward of Willsboro and Janet Duprey of Peru are retiring from office Dec. 31.
But on Jan. 1, they will be going back on the payroll.
At a time when thousands of state workers are being asked to absorb major sacrifices — from layoffs to pay freezes — the two Assemblywoman argue that they are due the payments, which McKinstry blames on “a loophole” in state law.
Sayward, who will receive an additional $30,000 a year, according to the newspaper, said this:
“I’ve worked hard. I’ll have to continue to work, just like anybody among my constituents. Most people, when they retire, still have to work.”
Duprey told the newspaper, “I’ve worked very hard for those 35 years. I worked too hard not to do this.”
So what do you think? Are these long-serving public officials getting their fair due?
Or is this another case of people talking the fiscally conservative talk, while cheerfully cashing the taxpayers’ checks?
(We’ll hear from Sayward and Duprey tomorrow morning.)