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Court shouldn’t hide pension information

March 20, 2014

New York state taxpayers spend billions each year on pensions for workers on public payrolls. They need and deserve plenty of public accountability for that....

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Mar-28-14 2:13 AM

Agree 100%. If the taxpayer is responsible for the payment, the taxpayer is entitled to full disclosure.

Since articles are not open to public comment, please allow me to use this article to comment on the "Amell Lane" issue in Tupper Lake. Tupper Lake taxpayers are getting a raw deal. When a piece of land is developed, it is the developers responsibility to put the road in. Why the town would even consider paving the road is beyond comprehension. I don't care that people are paying taxes. This is what happens when things are not done accordingly, as Snyder explained. If the town decides to pave this road, the people of Tupper Lake should be absolutely outraged. Property tax rates in Tupper lake are ridiculously high and when the generous pension packages allotted village and town employees come to fruition, this town will end up bankrupt. Someone needs to investigate what is going on in that town.

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Mar-24-14 3:05 PM

Agreed. If salary info is public (as it should be), pension info should be too. I don't see the difference.

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Mar-20-14 3:53 PM

Good points, Peter. To figure out what a pensioner gets...especially one from law enforcement (among others) where they go crazy with overtime in the last three years to "up the average," you would need piles of information and a CPA to get an accurate estimate. It's our money going to the pensioner, so they should just tell us how much it is. Is that too much to ask? Don't think so.

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