New Yorkers will vote whether to strip convicted officials of pensions

New Yorkers will vote in November to determine whether politicians convicted of corruption will receive state pensions, according CNBC.

Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow croppedAndrew Cuomo. (Photo: Pat Arnow CC BY-SA 2.0)Since 2000, 30 state politicians have left office because of "criminal charges and ethical misconduct." Many of them have collected a hefty pension despite their actions, according to The New York Times. In addressing this problem, a new amendment will be proposed to New York voters stripping convicted lawmakers of access to pension funds.

"I believe 100 percent we should revoke the pension of any elected official who is found guilty of official corruption. I'm outraged as a taxpaying citizen," said New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo supports a constitutional amendment that would prevent convicted politicians from receiving their pensions, according to The New York Times.

Cynics maintain creating this law won't decrease corruption, but support the amendment nonetheless. 

"It can't hurt. Will it make a difference? No." Said Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.