From the NY Post:
Pension costs for elected politicians, mayoral appointees and their staffers are forecast to shoot up 26 percent over the next five years, according to city budget data, with top officials cashing out for yearly sums at or near six figures.
These appointees, ex-council members, city commissioners and their aides required a taxpayer infusion of $57.9 million this year to cover their retirement benefits.
That number will grow to $73.9 million by 2013 -- a hefty 9 percent of the city's total obligations.
By 2010, the city's entire pension burden will be $7.8 billion, or 11 percent of the projected $70 billion budget.
Pols and their staffers can receive an early retirement at age 55 and full benefits at age 62.