A Newsday news story said filing the suits were William Englander, once carried as an employee on six school district payrolls at the same time, and Dominick Minerva, who was similarly hired by four government entities. The lawyers allege Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli violated their due process rights in deciding to end the payments.
Newsday said Englander, 82, of Port Washington, had
been collecting a pension of about $25,000 a year until
February, when he was stripped of the pension and ordered
to pay back $154,318. Englander was carried on the
payrolls of the North Merrick, North Bellmore,
Bellmore-Merrick, Smithtown, Mineola and Bellmore school
Meanwhile, Minerva, 68, of Lido Beach, collects a pension of $98,859. In October, the comptroller’s office informed him that some of his pension credits were invalid because records showed he was an independent contractor at Lawrence Sanitary District #1, the Water Authority of Western Nassau, the Nassau County Bridge Authority and the Lawrence school district, according to the news report.
The cases came out of a probe by DiNapoli in mid-2008 into the role of attorneys and the amount of pension to which they were legally entitled from the state retirement system (see NY Comptroller Implicates More Attorneys in Excess Pension Probe ).