New York Daily News

July 12, 2002

Ex-Finest Seek to Teach

Kids in New York may soon be learning their A-B-Cs from former C-O-Ps.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association is pushing state lawmakers to let retired police officers work as teachers and still collect their police pensions.

Current law bars retired cops from taking another city job while getting pension checks.

The proposed legislation, which could give a whole new meaning to the phrase "You have the right to remain silent," moved through a City Council committee yesterday and now needs approval from Albany.

"It would be a win for our retirees," said association President Pat Lynch, "and a big win for the city's school system, which is suffering a significant shortage of teachers."