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Dean Skelos, convicted of corruption, gets $95G state pension

Dean Skelos, former state senator from Rockville Centre,

Dean Skelos, former state senator from Rockville Centre, leaves federal court in Manhattan Dec. 11, 2015. Photo Credit: Bloomberg News / Louis Lanzano

ALBANY — The final calculations are in and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who was convicted of corruption charges in December, will get $95,831 a year in his state pension.

Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) filed for the pension Dec. 22 for the monthly payments of $7,985.96, according to a report on Wednesday from the state comptroller’s office that manages the state pension system.

In January, the pension of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who was also convicted of corruption in December, was calculated at $79,224 a year.

In August, Newsday reported that at least 13 former state elected officials who were convicted of corruption and other charges were eligible to collect state pension checks totaling more than $604,000 a year.

Since then, former Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) was also convicted. He was convicted of lying to federal agents investigating a job that his son had landed. The former senator now receives a state pension of $57,744 a year.

In 2011, the Legislature under Silver, Skelos and Libous enacted a pension forfeiture law. But that law only allows a judge to rescind the constitution-protected pension for public officials who took office after 2011.


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