Cayuga County Legislator Joseph Bennett to be reappointed following pension resignation

Cayuga County Legislator Joseph Bennett is scheduled to be reappointed to his District 10 seat at Tuesday’s special Legislature session after he resigned last month in order to be eligible for a pension from his job at Cayuga Community College.

Bennett, D-Auburn, resigned as a legislator on May 30 in order to receive the pension he earned from 11 years as a maintenance mechanic at CCC to comply with a state law that prohibits receiving a pension while remaining a public employee.

According to Bennett, he was advised by the state pension system, since CCC and the county government are part of the same system, that he needed a “break in service” to comply. To do so, he submitted a letter of resignation to Legislature Chairman Patrick Mahunik, D-Auburn, on May 30 before working his last day at CCC on May 31.

If successfully reappointed, Bennett, who is serving his second term after being re-elected in 2015, will have to face a special election a year early, a possibility he said he was prepared for.

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