In response to Thursdays Capital New York article of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara reclaiming the pension of a former New York City councilman who was convicted on corruption charges, Assemblymember Steck reiterated the need to pass legislation to strip lawmakers of their pensions who are convicted of a felony.
I commend the U.S. Attorneys recent efforts to reclaim pensions, but theres a better way to further crack down on convicted officials we shouldnt have to go after them individually to return taxpayer money. The law needs to change to hold all officials accountable. Thats why Im pushing for legislation to ensure that no public official who breaks the law and violates the publics trust is able to collect a pension paid for with taxpayer dollars. Period.