Long ago the Empire Center for Public Policy asked the NYPD Pension Fund for the names of retirees and how much each is paid, to add the data to its indispensable database on how New York taxpayer dollars are spent.
The state’s highest court ruled unanimously five years ago in a related case that public pensioners’ names are public, but the city and the union-run fund are still kicking and screaming.
So Empire Center sued under the state’s Freedom of Information Law. In October, we expressed hopes Acting Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Melissa Crane would order the Police Pension Fund to show and tell.
Oral arguments were in February. Rulings generally take weeks. It’s been six months of nothing.
Judges are busy. But Crane hasn’t been too busy to seek nomination to state Supreme Court justice (and drop that “acting” title), attending several meetings of delegates last week to tout her qualification in advance of tonight’s convention.
Get on with it, judge.
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