Retired NYPD officers say they are gathering re-enforcements to prevent their names and pension amounts from hitting the World Wide Web.The rationale behind this move is to rally public sentiment against pensions.
"There is really no reason for them to disclose our name. And I think all of the unions should get behind this and put an end to it," said retired NYPD Sergeant Larry Williams.
The Empire Center for New York State Policy in Albany says taxpayers have the right to know what retired officers are bringing home in pensions. Currently, there are 44,000 retired police officers. Those who retired in 2009 on average receive about $59,000 annually. The Empire Center says it wants to match names with pension amounts and put it on their website.
"Inherently, transparency makes people more accountable and makes for a more honest system. The fact that they are trying to hide it is raising a red flag for us," said Tim Hoefer of the Empire Center for New York State Policy.
The NYPD pension fund refuses to turn over names. The issue is in court and a state Supreme Court judge has ruled against releasing them. The NYPD retirees say a target will be on their backs if that information is ever released.
"Members in combat that have been fatal to the perpetrator or the perpetrator was injured. And we have numerous people who are incarcerated who would be very interested in that information," said Retired NYPD Deputy Chief Kevin Clark.
"Is my family going to be threatened? Am I going to be receiving phone calls? It is just not right," said Retired NYPD Lieutenant Gary Weksler.
The Empire Center says it already has the names of retired and active officers from all other departments across the state. The group says by the end of the month it will officially file its appeal to get the NYPD retiree names.
They always use the cop pensions as the linchpin for this kind of stuff because they tend to be the highest.
That's all this is about.
Get the public to say "Hey, I don't have a pension! Why do these guys get a pension?"
The war against public employees continues to ratchet up.