Doing the public good

Doing the public good

There are 10 comments on the Newsday story from May 11, 2008, titled Doing the public good. In it, Newsday reports that:

Amazing stories are surfacing about New York 's public pension system, the kind that are too far-fetched to make up.

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Southbound

Kansas City, MO

#1 May 12, 2008
Who is not 'gaming' the public? The pension shuffle is a regular feature of both the police and fire departments too, although no where near as rich a payout... and they are people who actually do their jobs when they are employed. Why don't we even take Tassone's incarceration costs out of his pension?
How is any of this possible when the games are so well known? The simple answer is that it couldn't happen in the private sector. The simple reason is that someone cares.
Well, I'm a tax payer and I care. Anyone out there who cares will vote NO on their school board vote. Until all of the school board votes across the island get voted down, the school administrators are going to know that they can do whatever they want to us.
I'd like to believe that this could happen, but I'm not holding my breath.
Nassau County Civic Assoc

Congers, NY

#2 May 12, 2008
Newsday has been silent all of these years when the unions have been getting away with murder and only now does Newsday seem to be outraged.

www.nassaucivic.com
anon

Greenlawn, NY

#3 May 12, 2008
Nassau Civic,

Have you ever noticed that the names on the masthead at Newsday have changed in the last few months? They publish those names daily. Give it a read some time.
Jack Dean

Cypress, CA

#4 May 12, 2008
New York taxpayers are not alone. Visit http://www.PensionTsunami.com and see what's happening around the country.
see it steal it

United States

#5 May 13, 2008
you can not change human nature. the commies tried too and failed. only a liberal could think there are people who would rather serve the public than themselves.
Joe

Valley Stream, NY

#6 May 13, 2008
You can't spend all that in the rest of your lifetime and more important, You can't take it with you! So, leave some for the rest of us.
Nassau County Civic Assoc

Congers, NY

#7 May 13, 2008
anon wrote:
Nassau Civic,
Have you ever noticed that the names on the masthead at Newsday have changed in the last few months? They publish those names daily. Give it a read some time.
My point was the ideology of the paper has not changed.
bio

New York, NY

#8 May 13, 2008
see it steal it wrote:
you can not change human nature. the commies tried too and failed. only a liberal could think there are people who would rather serve the public than themselves.
so you don't believe that it's possible that anyone might have a serious interest in serving the public good, that anyone would put the needs of the public over their own needs? guess you've never met a real firefighter, who risks his/her life to save your kid. or a cop who does the same to save your life. or any religious leader, who works for next to nothing for the public good. or a foreign aid worker, or many others. guess you haven't seen any reason not to be so cynical. altruism is alive and well in humans.
GLL

New York, NY

#9 May 15, 2008
. A dear friend retired from the FDNY after over 20 years of service, in a non traditional job, firefighter. Prior she was a Special Education Teacher and fully qualified but more so excellent at the job. After retirement she decided to go back to teaching, something she loved and received the satisfaction of giving back to the community and special education children she adored. She found a job teaching with, no benefits, including no pension. Perfect since she has both from former city job. Well not really you need a waiver to work or earn more than $29K .The bureaucracy and required forms are in process, but because of individuals like Hunderfund, I am are sure the process will be longer. What a disgrace , people retiring and returning to same job , people retiring and moving on to same position in different district , lawyers not only on payrolls as independent contractors but also our pension funds. All this while a legitimate retiree with all the qualifications, seeking no benefits, can only earn $29K. I now understand why city employees and unions have to fight for all they can , because no one else will, even if law makes no sense, the only losers here are the special education children who lose a teacher who actually cares about their well being and education, while non educators and administrative personnel continue to get all they can and buck the system, I guess they make their own rules, as well as ours.
Pfluger the Union Monkey

Needham, MA

#10 May 15, 2008
Better late than never Newsday. Many people have been complaining about this for 20 or more years (like me), but got fed up and moved away.

Now, the problem is of monumental proportions.

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