The Chief
July 19, 2002

For the Record

With some hope still alive that the State Legislature will reconvene this month, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association officials are touting a bill that would allow retired cops to work as city Teachers and still collect their pensions.

The bill, A.9915/S.6313, would carve out an exception to the broad prohibitions on "double-dipping" that generally require retired city employees to suspend their pension payments when they take another job with the city, the state or a local government in New York State.

The City Council issued a home-rule message in support of the cop-to-teacher bill July 10, but the measure is still in committee in the State Senate and Assembly.

A growing number of retired cops have the college degrees needed to start work as a Teacher and are interested in helping out in the city's classrooms, said Robert Zink, the PBA's recording secretary. Governor Pataki advanced the idea in his State of the State Speech two years ago, he added.

While the bill would open a new career opportunity for ex-cops, certain double-dipping restrictions would remain in effect. Former cops who became Teachers wouldn't be able to join the Teachers' Retirement System or collect a second municipal pension, and cops who retired due to a disability wouldn't be allowed to take advantage of the provision.