"Government officials who betray the public trust should not collect a pension in the same way as those who serve honorably."
- Assemblyman David Buchwald

Assembly Press Releases

Assembly Passes Legislation to Strip Pensions from Corrupt Public Officials

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assemblyman David Buchwald today announced the passage of legislation to continue the Assembly's push for ethics reforms by ensuring public officers convicted of corruption do not receive taxpayer-funded pensions (A.7704, Buchwald).
June 17, 2014
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Buchwald’s Ethics Bill on Pension Forfeiture for Corrupt Officials Passes First Ever Assembly Committee Vote

State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) announced that his bill, which would strip pensions from corrupt officials who commit a felony in violation of the public trust (A.7173), has passed the Assembly Governmental Operations Committee by a vote of 9 to 4. Monday's vote represents the first time a state constitutional amendment on this topic has been approved by an Assembly committee.
June 10, 2014
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Assemblyman Buchwald's Bill to Strip Pensions from Corrupt Officials Gains Critical Support

89 assembly members sign on to Buchwald's legislation

Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) announced that legislation he authored that would permit stripping state pension benefits from public officials convicted of felonies where the public's trust has been violated has picked up crucial momentum in the New York State Assembly.
April 24, 2014
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Assemblyman Buchwald Announces Surging Support for Pension Forfeiture Ethics Bill

Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-Westchester) announced at a press conference on Wednesday that a bipartisan group of over 60 Assembly co-sponsors, including all freshman members, have signed onto legislation he introduced that would permit stripping state pension benefits from any public official convicted of a felony where the public's trust has been violated (A.7173).
March 4, 2014
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Albany Times-Union

A gaping pension loophole

Five years ago, when the state Legislature passed the Clean Up Albany Act, it missed a spot. And its left that bit of dirt untouched ever since, perhaps hoping that no one would notice. It’s hard not to notice it, now that former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, forced into retirement by official corruption, have put in for their public pensions.
January 3, 2016
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The Buffalo News

State legislators must seize this moment to reform the corrupt system in Albany

At least they’re talking about it. New York State lawmakers are nothing if not attuned to the political winds, and with the parade of crooks being led out of Albany lately, they are making the right noises. Mostly.
December 27, 2015
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Utica Observer-Dispatch

OUR VIEW: Amendment needed to strip felons' pensions

The fact that convicted felon Sheldon Silver can legally collect a hefty state pension totaling more than most hard-working New Yorkers earn in a year should outrage every taxpayer in this state. And one of the first orders of business when lawmakers gather next month for the new session in Albany should be to hammer out an amendment to the state Constitution that prohibits that from happening.
December 13, 2015
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White Plains Daily Voice

Buchwald: Plan To Strip Pensions From Corrupt Officials Gains Support

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Assemblyman David Buchwald reflects on gaining Gov. Andrew Cuomo's support on stripping pensions from corrupt officials.
February 3, 2015
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New York Election News

Assembly Member David Buchwald Proposes Constitutional Amendment to Strip Convicted Elected Officials from Receiving Pension or Retirement Benefits

Westchester County Assembly Member David Buchwald has reintroduced legislation (A.377) to prevent convicted elected officials from receiving pension or retirement benefits after they are convicted of a felony in violation of the public trust. This bill was introduced as a constitutional amendment, requiring passage be two consecutively elected legislatures.
January 25, 2015
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NY 1

Movement to Seize Pensions of Lawmakers Found Guilty of Crime May Have Renewed Momentum

"We have over 60 members in the state Assembly spanning a wide variety of members from across the state," said Assemblyman David Buchwald of Westchester. "The entire freshman delegation, both Democrats and Republicans, is on board."
March 20, 2014
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Utica Observer Dispatch

OUR VIEW: Pulling plug on public pensions: Bill says officials who stray would get no more pay

The bill - A.7173 - was introduced by Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-White Plains, and would strip public pensions from any state or local official, elected or appointed, who is convicted of a felony that is tied to their public service. A companion bill in the Senate - S1133 - is sponsored by Sen. Neil D. Breslin, D-Delmar. There is no question the legislation should be approved.
March 16, 2014
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The Legislative Gazette

Bill would strip pensions of officials convicted of a felony

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is showing support for a new ethics bill that would strip all public officials of their pensions if they are convicted of a felony.
March 10, 2014
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Watertown Daily Times

OpEd: Felons with benefits

Just last week the entire freshman class in the state Assembly renewed legislation that would strip pension benefits from officials convicted of felony corruption.
March 9, 2014
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Newsday

Freshmen lawmakers push for corrupt pols to lose their pensions

Freshmen state legislators are leading the latest effort to deny public pensions to all state and local politicians forced from office for taking bribes, stealing or other corruption.
March 9, 2014
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Journal News Editorial

Yank pensions from corrupt public officials

As the bill explains: "A public official in the State of New York can currently accept bribes, steal public funds or engage in numerous other forms of public corruption and yet still feel secure in the knowledge that even if convicted of these serious crimes and thrown in jail, there will still be a state pension check sent their way every month for the rest of their lives.
March 9, 2014
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Lohud.com

Renewed effort at state level to strip corrupt public officials of pension benefits

Assemblyman David Buchwald, D-White Plains, announced this week that he is the lead sponsor of a bill that would permit removing the state pension benefits of any public official convicted of a felony in which the public's trust was violated.
March 7, 2014
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The Daily Voice

Buchwald Announces Support For Bill To Strip Convicted Officials' Pensions

Assemblyman David Buchwald has announced that a bipartisan group of more than 60 assembly co-sponsors has signed on for the bill he introduced that would permit stripping state pension benefits from any public official convicted of a felony where the public's trust has been violated.
March 6, 2014
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WAMC

Buchwald: Strip Pensions From Convicted Officials

A freshman state lawmaker says there is growing support for a bill that would strip the pension benefits from any elected official in New York, or state employee, who is convicted of a felony that's a violation of their public duties. The bill is sponsored in the Assembly by White Plains Democrat David Buchwald.
March 5, 2014
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Times Union

Do the crime, lose the pension

Freshman legislators send message about corruption by officials

Every freshman member of the Assembly - including five from the Capital Region from both parties - signed on to a bill that would strip public officials convicted of felony corruption of their pensions, the bill's sponsor said Wednesday.
March 5, 2014
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Hudson Valley Reporter

Support Surges in Albany for Pension Forfeiture Ethics Bill

Over 60 New York State Assembly members, including all freshmen, have signed onto proposed legislation that would permit stripping state pension benefits from public officials convicted of a felony where the public's trust has been violated.
March 5, 2014
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WNYT.com

Should lawmakers convicted of crimes still receive their pension?

Nearly two dozen state lawmakers have been convicted of criminal acts in the last decade, yet most still have the right to collect pensions paid by New York tax payers. Now, there's a move in the state legislature to change that.
March 5, 2014
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