Wednesday, August 6, 2008

New York needs this

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker who thinks that elected officials should be held to a higher standard is calling for tougher penalties for politicians convicted of crimes.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, wants legislative leaders to pass a bill that would automatically strip politicians who are convicted of public corruption of their retirement benefits. The law would apply no matter when the crimes were committed.

N.J. Bill Would Strip Corrupt Politicians of Benefits

A law that went into effect in April 2007 makes it impossible for a government employee to collect any pension benefits after a corruption conviction or guilty plea. That law makes pension forfeitures automatic and prison time mandatory for government employees, including politicians, who accept bribes, launder money or commit related felonies.

Beck's bill would amend that law to include all political corruption convictions, not just crimes committed after the '07 law was passed.


Taxpayer said...

Let's recruit Sen. Beck to the NY Senate and have her pass that law here.

For example, suppose a NY City Council member raped a woman and subsequently confessed, it would be great for that pervert to lose the entirety of any pension paid for by the taxpayers.

Let self-contributed portions remain with the criminal. But, that portion must be transferred to the criminal's personal account and be subject to whatever taxes and penalties are appropriate.

Congratulations, Senator Beck. The other NJ crooked officials must hate you.

Anonymous said...

F-----g damn great idea!

and returning to our local scene,
cut off Gallagher's P-E-N-sion!

(I'll bet you all thought I meant his procreational appendage.
Nah, that would be below the belt, figuratively speaking).

Anonymous said...

Sounds like something the citizen union should be pushing but won't because they are in the pockets of the elected officials

Anonymous said...

Many, many of us have been saying that for years. Crime pays and pays and pays in NY.

We Light Up Queens said...

Well thats one way to deter corruption and close the budget gap *thumbs up*

Anonymous said...

Maspeth Moms says...

If that law came to pass - there wouldnt be anyone left to run the county.

They politicians in Queens would never consider this - They only look at laws that are self-serving.