Cuomo reaches pension settlements with law firms

Two more law firms will stop allowing their attorneys to collect state pension benefits for serving
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Two more law firms will stop allowing their attorneys to collect state pension benefits for serving public school district clients.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says members of the Girvin & Ferlazzo firm in Albany and the Hogan, Sarzynski, Lynch, Surowka & DeWind firm in Binghamton agreed to end the practice and return pension payments and accrued credits. The lawyers don’t admit any guilt and Cuomo didn’t charge them with crimes.

The arrangements have long been approved by auditors and the state Education Department, but are now being challenged by Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

With $500,000 from Girvin & Ferlazzo and $100,000 from the Hogan firm, law firms from Buffalo to Long Island have agreed to pay $900,000 and rescind pension credits as part of the investigation.

Categories: Schenectady County

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