Public sector employees wonder why those who work in the private sector are so disgusted with the salary and benefit packages of the public sector union members. And those of us who complain about our property taxes, which I'm pretty sure encompasses most of the State of New York, wonder how the hell our taxes have gotten to such a high level. Well, we're going to give you a pretty good example of how government and the public sector unions have conspired to drive our taxes to such levels. Here you go....
Officer Patrick McDonald — who earned the highest pay ever recorded for a Buffalo cop — has retired from the Police Department, allowing him to receive a pension bigger than most police officers’ annual earnings.
McDonald, who was among the most senior officers in the department, took full advantage of a policy that gives overtime based on seniority. He worked 4,684 hours in 2007 — the equivalent of 12.5 hours a day every day of the year. Overall, the overtime windfall allowed McDonald to earn $119,608, with $51,796 from overtime, in 2006 and $189,456, with $122,774 in overtime, in 2007. It’s those last years that are likely to be the basis of McDonald’s pension.
Neither state nor local officials have calculated McDonald’s actual pension. Based on the number of years McDonald worked, his final years’ salaries and the pension formula, The Buffalo News estimated his pension at more than $100,000 a year.
Many of McDonald’s fellow officers believe that even in retirement, he will never stop working. He will probably pick up more shifts at security guard jobs they say he already has.
Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said, “Officer McDonald was a very familiar face in the downtown area. Whether it was Sabres games, festivals or other events in the downtown area, Officer McDonald was always there,” said DeGeorge. “In a lot of ways, you could call him ‘Mr. Downtown.’ ”
Right, Mr. Downtown. Good call, Mike. How about "Mr. I know how to manipulate the system so well, I'm walking out of here with a couple mil of taxpayer dollars"? That seems to be slightly more appropriate.