-The NY Post reports that David Paterson was not the first choice of Eliot Spitzer for a running mate and that even after in office then Governor Spitzer wondered why his Lieutenant was so frequently absent from meetings. Apparently the Spitzer campaign was warned of Senator Paterson's propensity for partying but chose him anyway. The Post reports Spitzer was tied to the notion of a running mate of color and that a leading contender was the daughter of a prominent black Member of the Assembly from Buffalo.
-Hiram Montserrate doesn't have to worry about living comfortably. Despite being ousted from the Senate he is eligible for an $80,000 a year state pension...Oh that's in addition to his NYPD pension which is equal to 75% of his final year earnings as a member of New York's Finest.
In all he should be making about as much as deposed and convicted former state comptroller Alan Hevesi who is paid a $166 K Pension.
Convicted former Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno draws a $95K pension....
The real operators are the double dippers who resign their seat upon reelection a day before their new term starts...That allows them to collect a pension and the salary from the post they just retired from.
Remember when a pension was something to help out in retirement...A supplement..Now some make more retired than they were while working.