Should pensioners names be public? Court will hear arguments next week

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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The Court of Appeals will hear arguments next week on the Empire Center for Public Policy’s case calling for the identities of pension recipients to be made public.

The Empire Center is pushing the Court of Appeals to overturn lower court rulings that enabled the State Teachers’ Retirement System and the NYC Teachers’ Retirement System to withhold the names of recipients of teacher pensions.

“The public’s right to know how their tax money is spent, and on whom, will be at stake in this hugely important case,” said Tim Hoefer, executive director of the center. “The court’s willingness to hear this case is a ray of hope for the public’s right to know.”

The names of pension recipients were made public by the teacher pension funds before a 2011 ruling by the state Supreme Court Appellate Division in Manhattan. The ruling upheld the NYC Police Pension Fund’s refusal to release those names.

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