New York’s civil liability laws should be brought closer to the national mainstream with a series of reforms designed to balance more fairly the rights of plaintiffs and defendants, according to a report released today by the Empire Center for Public Policy.
Needed liability reforms would create a more balanced legal environment, reduce costs for those who live and work in New York and improve the state’s economy.
Taxpayers continued shouldering costs for Sheldon Silver’s legal defense in the months after he stepped down as Assembly speaker, according to the latest Senate and Assembly expenditure data added to SeeThroughNY, the Empire Center’s transparency website.
Whoever said crime doesn’t pay hasn’t been to Albany.
Disgraced Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hopes to soon join an exclusive club of 18 crooked ex-pols who pull down millions in taxpayer-funded pensions.
The former lawmakers, who were censured, indicted or convicted, have collectively glommed more than $3.8 million since fiscal year 2010, Empire Center for Public Policy figures show.
Sheldon Silver, who lost his seat in the State Assembly after he was convicted of seven federal felonies on Monday, has filed paperwork to receive a state pension. Analysts at the Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, said it could be $98,010 a year.
With his career in public service over, ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver promptly filed for retirement Tuesday — a day after his conviction on corruption charges.
Silver stands to get a pension of as much as $98,000 a year because of his 44 years of public service and a salary that had reached $121,000 when he was collecting his base salary of $79,500 a year and $41,500 as speaker, the Empire Center estimated.
Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, convicted of seven felonies this week, could collect as much as $98,010 in yearly pension payments, according to one Albany watchdog.
The state Senate's Republican majority is standing behind its pledge to make New York's property tax cap permanent.