Convicted Cuomo aide still gets his pension thanks to loophole

joe percoco

Tax dollars at work.

From NY Post: It’s a loophole big enough to squeeze a pension through.

Joe Percoco, the disgraced former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be able to cash in once again on his time in government and collect his pension — despite three felony convictions on corruption charges.

Voters gave judges the authority in 2017 to strip government employees of their retirement checks if they’re nailed on felonies. But the law only covers crimes committed after Jan. 1, 2018.

Percoco’s crimes date from 2012 through 2016.

Since the law isn’t retroactive, Percoco gets to keep his pension, which could be worth as much as $36,000 a year.

The story was first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan convicted Percoco on three corruption counts stemming from pay-to-play schemes that netted him an estimated $300,000.

Jurors acquitted Cuomo’s former right-hand man of three other corruption charges at the conclusion of the seven-week trial.

Percoco’s sentencing is scheduled for June. He faces up to 50 years in prison.


9 responses to “Convicted Cuomo aide still gets his pension thanks to loophole

  1. And, of course, the government will never fix the loophole. After all, any one of them could be the next criminal to need it.

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  2. Any bets he gets two weeks community service?

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  3. It would seem rather odd if this joker was a guest of the State of New York where the taxpayers would be responsible for his upkeep, but on the other hand, the taxpayers would also be responsible for paying out a pension in an amount that could be as high as $36,000 annually. The real losers here are the poor taxpayers.

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  4. Do that in the Mafia and you “sleep with the fishes”. Do that in government, you get a pension.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. well what do people expect; the corrupted system will look after the corrupted…

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  6. Kevin J Lankford

    One would think that the loss of pension would be a natural consequence of any conviction of serious criminal activity of a government trustee, with out the need of a specific law to that effect.

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  7. I can’t believe that would be his pension! I know people living in NY, and that wouldn’t even cover their property tax!

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  8. “He faces up to 50 years in prison.”
    I think that’s a misprint. Rather than “years,” it should be “minutes”.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. The rich and/or “well-placed” are obviously “more equal” than thee or me.

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