Revealed! Vito’s $64,000 pension

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The $64,000 question — “What is Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s annual state pension” — now has a $64,000 answer.

The scandal-plagued legislator is collecting a monthly pension of $5,386.16 — or $64,634 per year — on top of his $92,000 yearly salary, according to state records that were released to this newspaper under the Freedom of Information Law.

In other words, Lopez is earning time-and-a-half while on the job as the people’s representative in Albany.

He’ll close out 2011 with an income topping $156,000.

And it’s all legal.

Lopez, 69, is one of 10 lawmakers who filed his “retirement” papers on Dec. 31 in order to collect the extra moolah — thanks to a little-known state loophole that allows officeholders over the age of 64 to legally collect their pensions while still on the job.

The cancer-stricken lawmaker defended the practice in an exclusive interview with The Brooklyn Paper last year, explaining that he applied for his pension to take care of his family if his health rapidly declined.

“I’m very comfortable with my rationale and I’ve explained that to you,” said Lopez. “My obligation is to my family and to my health.”

Lopez has been combatting a recurrence of cancer since last summer— forcing him to take a brief leave of absence to treat the illness in October.

But he came back stronger than ever introducing more than 20 bills, fighting for affordable housing, and to stave off Gov. Cuomo’s threat to close scores of senior centers.

And he’s done it all in the shadow of two exhaustive federal probes and a widening city investigation into the finances and board of the nonprofit he founded.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

anywho says:
If it is legal, then why are you trying to crap on him Mr. Short? I am defininetly not a Lopez fan, but this whole "Vito under the microscope" thing is just so sophomoric and corny.
March 29, 2011, 5:24 am
voter from park slope says:
Assemlbyman Lopez has been a tireless and successful advocate for his constituents over the last thirty years. Unlike other elected officials that send letters and call it in when senior centers are threatened with closure, he goes the distance to fight for these services and more often than not wins. Maybe write an article about that?

What he's doing is totally legal and you've already written this same article a dozen times. With the coming fight to renew rent regulations I'm sure your bosses at th NY Post (Rupert Murdoch, etc) would want to present scandal where there isn't any, so as to help landlords and the real estate industry. Let's hope people see through that.
March 29, 2011, 5:38 am
Some Idiot from Manhattan says:
Lopez should have gotten a job at a bank. I got one and made 250k at 25.
March 29, 2011, 8:26 am
Carol from Williamsburg says:
Vito Lopez is the epitomy of a dirty politician. Anyone who follows politics knows this. He has spent a good part of the last 20 years working to help him own interests. I am so embarrassed to live in his district
March 29, 2011, 8:36 am
jerry from brighton beach says:
@ Carol : Who's a bigger deadbeat politician : Senator Carl Kruger or Assemblyman Vito Lopez ?

Same song different verse.
March 29, 2011, 9:26 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I can't picture Vito as a "top" but Carl Kruger is definitely a "bottom".
March 29, 2011, 9:47 am
Jay from Boro Park says:
Vito Lopez has got to go. He is just milking taxpayers. Resign Vito. NOW.
March 29, 2011, 10:59 am
Jim from Dumbo says:
Aaron, did you also FOIL the salary of the other 9 lawmakers, who are doing the exact same thing as Vito Lopez? Isn't it absurd that you don't give us the full picture?
April 1, 2011, 1:05 pm

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