Disgraced New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has filed state retirement paperwork that would give him with $50,000 per year for life, all funded by taxpayers.
“The governor just filed his application for service retirement. The date of retirement is Sept. 1, 2021,” a New York state comptroller’s office spokesperson said on Tuesday, according to the New York Post.
Despite Cuomo’s resignation, he remains legally eligible for pension benefits as a former governor. The report noted, “Cuomo, who is 63, can cumulatively receive more than $1 million in pension benefits if he lives another 20 years.”
The Daily Caller reported, “While New York lawmakers suspended the impeachment proceedings after Cuomo announced his resignation, Republicans in the legislature are still calling for impeachment investigations to proceed. However, it is not yet clear whether the impeachment investigation will continue following Cuomo’s resignation.”
The impeachment proceedings were previously dropped. They’ve now been reopened for discussion, as impeachment would be required to stop the pension plan from remaining legal.
There’s a reason why the governor had not turned in an official resignation letter yet. A 14-day notification period is required when filing for retirement. Though his last day in office was supposed to be next week, Aug. 23, he’ll have to move the date a bit to qualify according to the retirement paperwork.
Even if the impeachment proceedings fail and Cuomo does get his precious pension, he’s still not in the clear. At least one of the 11 women noted in the sexual harassment report against the governor has plans to proceed with legal actions.
New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik wanted Cuomo out of office and arrested. It may not happen immediately, but he’s likely to at least face some charges from those he reportedly harassed.
Whatever gain he may receive from a pension will quickly be erased in any positive ruling for the women he has harmed. If so, at least some good may come in the end.
The sad part is that New York’s leaders have not done much to cut off this taxpayer funded loophole. How can a governor resign due to sexual harassment claims and then get paid $50,000 a year for life from state funds? It’s a discussion worth having and a case worth making. Even if Cuomo weasels a way out, at least make some path to stop future politicians from receiving state funds after sexual harassment reports.
If not, what kind of nation do we live in where a governor can mistreat women and still be paid annually by taxpayers? We need to create a system where sexual harassment involving elected officials is not funded by the people of America.
Regardless of party or politicians, all Americans should be able to agree on that.