today’s Howie column from the Herald
Free money, no wait at the state pension trough
by Howie Carr/ Boston Herald 9/21/07
Last year I was checking whether some hack - I believe it was Fat Matt Amorello - was eligible for a state pension. He wasnt, thank goodness. But I asked the guy at the Retirement Board how much the bloated ex-solon would someday be able to grab for his years in what is laughably termed public service. He gave me Fat Matts take at age 55. Then I asked what Fat Matt would get if he waited a few years past 55.
Wait? the guy said, incredulously. Why would he wait? Nobody ever waits if they can get it now.
Which is why the latest addition to the Heralds Find-A-Hack Web site is such a public service. You can look up all those nice folks who used to drive their state cars on the weekends, and who now winter in Naples, Fla. A state kiss in the mail goes a lot further than a regular old Social Security check, and its even better when youre getting both the state and the federal kisses.
The old tombstones say Gone but Not Forgotten, but these state hacks on the Find-A-Hack Web site are forgotten but not gone.
Let me give an example: Peter Forman, ex-state rep and sheriff of Plymouth County. In 2001 he went onto the payroll of accidental Gov. Jane Swift (who, like Fat Matt, is still too young to start collecting). Forman worked one of those special free-money-if-youre-fired deals, and even got Swift to testify that she dumped him. Worked like a charm. Since 2002 Forman has been collecting $43,293 a year. Retired at age 41, who the hell does the sheriff think he is, a T bus driver or a state trooper?
To save you the trouble, lets go directly to the big jackpot winner - William M. Bulger. Whiteys younger brother receives $16,457 every month, for a yearly total of $197,485.92. (Bulgers longtime secretary Patty Brett collects $5,025 a month.) But Bulgers not the only college president/state rep cashing out in a very big way. Come on down (to Naples) David Bartley of Holyoke Community College - $12,694 a month, which works out to $152,325 annually.
Holyoke is next door to Springfield, home of Springfield Tech, run for many years by Andrew Scibelli, who retired in 2004 and now grabs $12,607 a month.
As much money as these wrinkly ex-college presidents are making, its only a matter of time until you read a headline: Cops: children collected ex-prez pen$ion for 4 years after death.
Its not only ex-college presidents raking in the mega-bucks. Take Ron Story of UMass-Amherst, please. Used to be a history professor out in Happy Valley, then briefly got a promotion. Now hes collecting $104,250 a year in retirement pay. Did I mention that hes married to Rep. Ellen Story?
Heres another blast from the past: Big Daddy Dave Constantine, the former governors councilor. A dentist by trade, he retired as a special assistant to the chancellor, at UMass-Dartmouth I believe. Now he gets a small peck on the cheek - $3,004.64 a month.
Worcester County sheriff Guy Glodis father was a state rep, Bill Glodis. Bill Glodis is married to one Patricia A. Glodis. Would you care to guess who the only two Glodises retired on state pensions are? Total annual take: $154,692. Say, you dont suppose William and Patricia Glodis of Worcester are any relation to William and Patricia Glodis of Yarmouthport?
Back in the mid-1990s, Sen. Lou Bertonazzi didnt have the juice to win the Senate presidency over Tom Birmingham. But the story has a happy ending - Lou got moved to Human Services with a big fat pay raise and now is entitled to a pension of $60,939 a year, while Birmingham grabs a mere $16,657 a year.
Treasurer Tim Cahill does a good job of prying convicted felons snouts out of the trough - just ask Tommy Taxes. But a mere probe means nothing. You have probably never heard of a Springfield solon named Athan Soco Catjakis - a true sheep in sheeps clothing, as they say. Last time I thought about Soco was back in 2004, when the Springfield paper ran a front-page photo of feds in windbreakers taking boxes of stuff out of his garage in the Hungry Hills district. Something about the Asselin family.
But Soco never got socked by the grand jury, and for the last 14 years, he gets a kiss in the mail every month for $1,339.29.
So many names, so little space: Congressman John Olver, $27,158 a year (another Happy Valley prof emeritus) and Congressman Bill Delahunt, $57,623 (as an ex-DA, he collects at a cop rate). Then theres ex-Gov. Mike Dukakis, $30,033; ex-Gov. Paul Cellucci, $44,733, ex-House speaker Tommy McGee $47,224 and ex-House speaker George Keverian $54,499.
To be continued...
on the situation of Star Simpson, giving MIT a bad name:
(A cop on Ch 7 in Boston just said deadly force would have been used had she not followed the instructions the cops
gave her. Her shirt said “Core 6, Socket To Me”. Core 6 is apparently a popular major at the college.)