Retired, sort of
Dec 21, 2010 | 12553 views | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hey, just because he's getting a pension doesn't mean Assemblyman Vito Lopez is ready to stop working.

It was revealed recently that the Brooklyn pol is not only getting paid $92,000 a year to represent the good folks of Bushwick and beyond up in Albany, he's also drawing an $88,600 pension annually as well.

The news immediately drew comment from Lincoln Restler, a Lopez critic who is turning the seemingly political patronage job of district leader into a very vocal office. Restler sent out a statement comparing Lopez to Pedro Espada, Jr., the indicted state senator from the Bronx.

Although it's not only Lopez who is double-dipping, assemblymen Jose Rivera of the Bronx and Herman Farrell of Manhattan also filed for retirement checks even though they will both be back in Albany in January.

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