Here’s a look at the 17 state judges who last year collected both salaries and pensions, as part of the Gannett Albany Bureau’s report Sunday on the more than 2,100 state workers who collect both a salary and a pension.
As the report found, 2,129 state employees had collected pensions and salaries as of December, a total cost of $131 million, records show. The average employee on the list collected $61,631 in salary and pension. But most earned part-time salaries while in retirement.
Among the findings:
—The highest recipient was George Philip, president of the State University of New York at Albany, who earned $247,012 in salary and a $261,036 pension — a total of $508,048. He spent most of his career working for the state’s Teachers Retirement System before moving over to SUNY.
—The second-highest earner was psychiatrist Venkata Satti, who retired in 2009 from the Elmira Psychiatric Center with a $173,650-a-year pension but also earned $151,480 last year by providing mental-health services to prisoners. Satti received a total of $325,130 in compensation.
—17 state judges collected salaries and pensions last year, the highest earner being Surrogate Court Judge Thomas E. Walsh II, a retired local judge in Haverstraw, Rockland County, and a former county attorney. State records show he earned a $104,687 pension and two salaries — $3,750 from the state Department of Taxation and Finance and $132,260 as a state judge; he’s also an acting Supreme Court judge. His total compensation was $240,698.