The Times Union in May published a list of top NYS Pensioners -- all being paid more than $100K/year. Perusing the list, at number 240, collecting $119,874.00/year was one from the City of Utica, James W. Roemer, Jr. ... In fact, the only one listed as collecting a $100K+ pension from the City of Utica.
Did anyone ever hear of this guy? Is he a former Chief of Police? Nope . . .Fire Chief? Nope . . . Mayor? Nope . . .
He doesn't even live in Utica!
Who is he? He's a Labor Relations Counsel out of the Albany area . . . . and believes he is entitled to his "employee" pension. (One wonders how he got around the "Live in Utica" requirement, but lots of people got around that.) It will be interesting to see what becomes of the litigation over this, since the State Comptroller and Atty. General are going after some of these so-called "employees" who are probably "independent contractors."
But just think of how many Utica pensions $119K+/year could fund.