Teachers’ Pensions No Longer Public

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The state Teachers’ Retirement System said it would not release the names of teachers receiving taxpayer-funded pensions after a state appeals court ruled in October that a New York City police pension fund was off limits to the public.

The decision by the teachers’ retirement system is the latest pension fund to say it would not release publicly who receives pensions and for how much.

The October court ruling found that “a retirement system is not required to disclose the names and addresses of retirees,” said John Cardillo, spokesman for the teachers’ retirement system, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau today.

“Therefore, we are unable to provide pension information that in any way would directly or indirectly identify such person as a (teacher) retiree,” he said.

After the state Appellate Court decision in Manhattan, all five New York City pension funds have declined to release the names of public workers and what they are earning in retirement, officials said.

The state’s Common Retirement Fund, which handles the pensions for about 1 million state and local government retirees and workers, will continue to make its pension data public, said Eric Sumberg, a spokesman for Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who manages the state pension fund.

The Empire Center for New York State Policy, a fiscally conservative group based in Albany, had sought the police pension information for inclusion in its searchable online database of salaries and pensions, at www.SeeThroughNY.net.

But its request was rejected by the pension fund and upheld in both state Supreme Court and the appellate division. Now other pensions are using the ruling as precedent to withhold the same information.

The Empire Center is asking the state’s highest court, the state Court of Appeals, to hear the case. Major news organizations in New York, including Gannett Co. Inc., filed an amicus brief this month in support of the group’s appeal.

If you’re interested in the latest teacher pension data, you can find it here.

 

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  1. Villains and thieves! WE pay and it’s none of our business who we’re paying or what we’re paying them? The fact that they go to extremes to hide this stuff is proof positive that they are playing games with our dollars and, at the same time, telling us to take a walk. DRIVE THEM OUT! Every opportunity you get to vote down ANYTHING these school boards and teacers propose, DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

  2. Teachers in Westchester County are receiving pensions of $86,000/year for the rest of their lives. No wonder they don’t want their names published.