2011-05-27 / Letters

Will She Double-Dip

Dear Editor,

Congratulations to Queens Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer for being nominated to become the next Queens County Clerk. Ms. Pheffer did not obtain this appointment by replying to a classified ad in the New York Times help wanted section. Rather serving as a longtime loyal member of the Queens Party Democratic clubhouse machine going back to the days of the late Queens borough president and leader, Donald Manes, earned her this promotion.

Many people complain about career civil servants who retire and double dip by accepting a second job and accompanying future second pension. Will Ms. Pheffer collect her pension as a former State Assemblymember while at the same time collecting a paycheck as Queens County clerk? Will Ms. Pheffer end up collecting two pensions along with social security winning the trifecta? At the end of the day, taxpayers will be footing much of the bill.

Will Ms. Pheffer will be a profile in courage and give up one of her pensions? Or will she just be another one of the boys in the political clubhouse backroom going after whatever comes her way?

Time will tell.


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