Report lists ‘double dippers’ with NY pensions

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — 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.


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