Dean Skelos, the convicted former leader of the New York state Senate, has filed the paperwork to begin collecting a state pension of up to $95,000 a year.
The office of the state comptroller confirmed today that Skelos, a Long Island Republican, put in for his retirement benefits last week.
A jury earlier this month found Skelos guilty of corruption charges, agreeing with prosecutors that he used his influence to arrange payments and jobs for his son Adam, who also was convicted.
Dean Skelos' conviction automatically ousted him from his legislative seat, but he remains eligible for benefits because of his 35 years of public service.
Lawmakers voted in 2011 to withhold pensions of corrupt officials, but that change doesn't apply to lawmakers or other officials who entered the state pension system before that year.