LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A recently-created database says that Livingston County’s Assemblyman and one of its two County Court Judges is among those who retired from the state’s payroll, began collecting a pension, and took office again.
According to nydatabases.com created by the USA Today Network, Assemblyman Joe Errigo and Judge Robert Wiggins retired as Assemblyman and County Court Judge, respectively, and then took office and began collecting a salary again.
Errigo served as Assemblyman for the 133rd District from 2001 to 2010. He retired as a member of the Assembly but was re-elected in 2016.
SeeThroughNY says that Errigo makes $79,500 per year in his current capacity as Assemblyman. USA Today Network’s database says that he also collects $44,684.64 as an annual pension.
Wiggins was elected to a 10-year term as County Court Judge in 2005 and was re-elected to another 10-year term in 2015. Though the database does not list when ‘double dippers’ retired, Wiggins is listed as collecting both a retirement pension and a salary.
SeeThroughNY says that Wiggins makes $191,890 in his capacity as County Court Judge. USA Today Network’s database says that he collects $107,959.44 as an annual pension.
According to the database, the number of state employees collecting both a salary and a state pension has dropped significantly, from 2,636 in 2015 to 1,830 in 2016. In 2013, the number was 2,800, according to data the USA Today Network obtained from the state Comptroller’s Office.