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Statement from Senator Craig M. Johnson, (D-Nassau) on Empire Center Report:

“Today’s Empire Center Report on education pensions is a reminder of one of this state’s great shames: Even if you are caught red handed stealing from taxpayers, you are still guaranteed your taxpayer funded retirement. Disgraced former Roslyn School Superintendent Frank Tassone Jr. was convicted of a serious felony for taking part in a $11 million looting of his community’s taxpayers and their children.

“Despite this, Mr. Tassone still receives a pension of $174,035, and was ranked 33rd in the report. I have introduced legislation, (S.6823A/A9960A), to create a taxpayer abuse assessment that would ensure we no longer fund the lifestyles of public servants who abuse the public trust. I believe this very important measure should be brought to a vote as soon as possible.”

A copy of the report can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/31254817/TRS-Retirees-05-12-10-Final1