Skip to comments.Cop out: New York City now pays more police in retirement than to patrol our streets
Posted on 05/07/2013 6:44:04 AM PDT by SeekAndFindEdited on 05/07/2013 6:44:50 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Last week, Mayor Bloomberg scolded the NYPD’s critics, from The New York Times to the Democratic mayoral candidates. The mayor said that “the attacks most often come from those who play no constructive role in keeping our city safe.”
The mayor is right — but there’s another threat to the NYPD’s crime-fighting success, too. We now have more retired cops than active police officers, and the multibillion-dollar bill for their pension and health benefits harms our ability to hire new ones.
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Welcome to the club! Pittsburgh bus drivers have been waiting here for you for....oh, about twenty years.
Coming soon to a municipality near you. A lot of local governments are going to get to the point where their primary function is to pay retired government workers. And any citizen who can will flee those jurisdictions and the remaining taxpayers will get horrible roads and services and a huge tax burden. And if anyone tries to reduce benefits, the courts will stop it. The future of American municipalities is not a pretty picture.
Abuse of disability is the single biggest albatross around the neck of NYC.
Cops, firemen, sanitation, railroad employees etc,. have done tremendous damage here with phony disability claims. Even after they get caught nothing changes.
But seriously, who could have anticipated this? How many people actually live past 50 these days?
I have a relative who was a LEO in Buffalo. Made about $40,000 a year. In his last year, he worked so much overtime he made over $100,000. He retired after 20 years with an annual pension of $87,000.
Another way unions and democrats are bankrupting this country.
Federal funding for more police for a few years really works! /s
How dare you criticize public servants? Don’t you know that since they protect us and keep us safe (out of the goodness of their hearts) we must always tell them how much we love them and will pay for a lavish retirement when they’re 52?
They are knew it was coming — hang ‘em in the streets.
It’s become obvious to me that even the Democrats are getting tired of the unions, and are now trying to kick them off the liberal plantation
They all knew it was coming — hang ‘em in the streets.
I have a question. If health insurance costs for retirees are “wiping out” state and local gov’ts, why don’t the politicians stop bending over for the insurance lobby and bring costs down through free market methods? Why is this question always about the retirees? If it wasn’t for unnecessary skyrocketing costs, it wouldn’t be an issue. Go after the CAUSE, not the effect.
I have a friend who retired from teaching after 30 years. The last few years of her career she took on additional jobs in the school district to up her salary. Her husband is a former NYC detective who retired after 20 years, in his 40’s, and is also collecting a tidy sum. Let me tell you they live the good life.