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Skelos to Collect $96k Annual Pension Despite Corruption Conviction

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Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will receive a nearly $96 thousand dollar a year pension despite his federal corruption conviction that forced him from office last year.

The state Comptroller’s Office released its final pension calculation Wednesday for Skelos, who was convicted last year of using his office to enrich his adult son.

Skelos filed for his pension 11 days after a jury found him guilty of eight counts of bribery, extortion and mail fraud — felony convictions that automatically expelled him from the Senate.

His gross monthly pension payments will be $7,986, according to the Comptroller’s Office.

The state’s constitution protects public employees and officials from having their pensions reduced or diminished after they start their public employment.

The practice has drawn criticism from government-reform advocates and opposition from the general public. A poll last month showed 84 percent of voters want corrupt public officials to be stripped of their pensions.

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