The State Senate and the Assembly cleared the way for a constitutional amendment that will strip pensions from lawmakers convicted of felonies. This is the final step before the proposed amendment goes before the voters this fall.
Notably, under this proposal, a convicted official will not automatically lose their pension. A court review would follow that could result in forfeiture, or a reduction, taking into consideration the severity of the crime.
Opponents argue pensions are “property rights.” Sen. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) argues “if I do something wrong, then yes I go to jail. But then my wife is out on the street? Just to please the media.”