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Editorial: Public pensions aren't private information

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The New York State Court of Appeals doesn’t have to take cases, and rarely does when lower courts, including two Appellate Division courts, have agreed in their decisions — and unanimously at that. So it’s encouraging that the high court has announced it will review an important freedom of information case, one that has been wrongly decided by those lower courts. The case involves pension information sought by the fiscal watchdog the Empire Center, which ...

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July 16, 2013
5:21 p.m.

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what purpose does it serve releasing the names? Punish or stigmatize those who receive pensions?

July 19, 2013
3:08 p.m.

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It serves the taxpayers in the communities those individuals work or worked in.

July 21, 2013
8:03 a.m.

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In what way? Other than someone being understandably angry, bitter, frustrated over an admittedly heavy tax burden and wanting to be able to point a finger at someone - I don't see how it benefits them or they have a right to that information. A simple control number (in lieu of someone's name) would accomplish the same thing. The things that are important: years of service, position held, and base salary - those are really the important factors. Might also be a good idea to list the history of each pension plan and which politician voted, wrote, each pension law. Pensions are a burden on taxpayers but simply pointing out people who receive them does nothing except provide misplaced emotional release.

Also based on that logic, anyone who receives a government benefit should also have their name made public? How about people on SSI or other forms of public assistance?