Mamaroneck Pensions Top $100,000 a Year

30 May, 2011

By Polly Kreisman


18 retired Mamaroneck School District employees in the New York State Teachers Retirement System have annual pensions exceeding $100,000 a year, according to the State Comptrollers Office and the Empire Center for New York State Policy.


For example, Sarah Tate, a former Assistant Superintendent who retired in 2005, is earning a pension of over $142,000 a year. Also earning more than $142,000 is Dr. Sherry King, who retired as Superintendent  in 2006.  Larry Keane, Assistant Principal at Hommocks until retiring in 2009, returned a year later as interim Principal, while pulling down a pension of  $121,930.12.


 A chart of the top 25 pension earnings is below.


Most of these retirees served the District with distinction and worked hard to educate our children; this illustrates the economic challenges inherent in the system, not any wrongdoing on the part of these educators.


Still, efforts to meet these obligations are having an effect on school budgets and taxes now and will well into the future.


According to New York Assemblyman George Latimer (D-91st )”It’s sobering when you see the actual numbers. These arrangements have been in place 20 or 25 years, and now we are beginning to realize what kind of money was set aside to honor the commitments that they made, for as long as they live.”


Latimer explains these former employees were “Tier One, the original pension plan.”  A District employee coming on board now receives less benefit. Each budget cycle has changed the benefit level. The current system is known as Tier 5.


What solutions do you see?


We will examine all pension payouts in the area. Next week: Rye Neck.





















































































































































































Name PositionName Rate $/yr Retire date
Tate, Sarah E Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools $142889.76 10/1/05
King, Sherry Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 142291.32 4/13/06
Keane, Lawrence J Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 121930.2 7/1/09
Phillips, Donald R Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 113956.92 7/1/05
Martin, Paul R Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 110748.24 6/30/07
Sieh, Eleanor Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 109667.52 6/30/07
Hand, Jane Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 109305.84 7/1/06
Dietrich, M Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 108247.56 6/30/08
Anastos, Joy Z Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 108016.32 7/1/06
Chiang, Calvin Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 105891.72 7/1/07
Etra, Valerie D Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 105883.8 7/1/08
Buhaj, Lida M Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 105133.56 6/30/09
Digennaro, Michael W Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 101481.6 6/30/08
Rella, Richard R Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 101332.08 7/1/07
Berendt, Peter R Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 100969.08 7/1/07
Codispoti, James C Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 100936.08 7/1/01
Scharf, Susan L Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 100827.24 6/30/09
Ward, Christopher W Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 100668 7/1/09
Ross, Harvey Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 99489 7/1/07
Fanning, Patricia Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 99182.28 7/1/07
Levine, Fredric A Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 99107.16 7/1/06
Benizio, Ronald T Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 98917.92 7/1/00
Broder, Larry Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 98605.56 7/1/05
Perucci, Alexander J Retired Mamaroneck Union Free Schools 98194.08 7/1/07


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  • stephenmayo

    Pensions topping $100,000 per year. Is this news to anyone anymore? If your readers had not stayed away from school board elections/budget votes in record numbers as they have for the past few decades, the thoroughly compromised/corrupted school boards would not have gotten away with the administrative malfeasance that is making local municipal workers the envy of the working world. If these same voters had considered Republican alternatives instead of mechanically voting for the same Democrat Albany delegation in the same period, we might, just might have seen some restraint in the imposition of budget-busting mandates on these same taxing districts.

    Why does the writer have to add that “Most of these retirees served the District with distinction and worked hard to educate our children; this illustrates the economic challenges inherent in the system, not any wrongdoing on the part of these educators.” I am not accustomed to news staff stating their opinions so plainly. Couldn’t she have simply shown her bias by selective quotation, misleading headline or tendentious omission as is the more common practice?

    And who asked for her opinion? I am looking for news first. Then give me your opinion in a package clearly marked, “Editorial Opinion.”

  • taxpayer

    Do not forget that those pensions are NYS tax free too…..Yes, pay school taxes and pay state taxes so that those millionaires pensioners can have it all for free.

  • mrsleigh

    I feel quite nauseous reading this. Especially since I am struggling to make a living to pay my very high taxes and health care premium.

    Who negotiates these outrageous sums? stephenmayo, not sure they are politicos, probably school district employees who are taking care of their own.

    I am really angry about this, but I don’t think there is anything to be done about it, is there? If anyone knows, pleas post here.

  • http://www.theloopny.com editor

    stephenmayo- you write,
    “I am looking for news first. Then give me your opinion in a package clearly marked, “Editorial Opinion.”

    This is why this story is in the Op-Ed column, Sir.

  • Oreo

    ”The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.”
    – Mad Magazine

    Just the beginning. Sort Editrix’s chart by “Retire date” and find salaries for current staff at http://www.seethroughny.net/

    Project the future costs. Then determine whether the current system and our community both are sustainable.

  • Oreo

    ”Democracy is finding proximate solutions to insoluble problems.”
    – Reinhold Niebuhr

    Solutions?
    Decide you want them!
    (And mrsleigh, please take note.)
    Determine that everyone is part of them, or not.

    Until the NYS Constitution, the Taylor Law and related Triborough Amendment, etc. are changed:
    Do more with less staff, technology can be very efficient and long-term much cheaper, especially without computer DB pensions;
    Students can effectively participate in the teaching of their schoolmates, while Waiting for Superman;
    Define basic schooling, the government function, and “extras” can be purchased in non-government markets by parents, vouchers for services for those in need based on income.

    Realize this is the tip of the iceberg.
    Realize that the Titanic was sinkable.

    Some have found or are finding their own alternative: They’ve moved or they’ll be moving!
    For our community, the alternative solution: Bankruptcy!
    Everyone is part of it, or not :-)

  • Larchmonter since “72

    This will not change until the state law that makes it happen changes.

    That will not change until the people who represent us in Albany find out that it is we the people, not they the unions, who are to be represented by our lawmakers.

    The thing to change is to base pensions purely on base pay, so that the present practice of working unending overtime during the last few years before retirement, commonly engaged in by police, firefighters, teachers and others, no longer affects pensions.

    Not hard to figure out, but remarkably hard to get enacted into law.

  • consciouspoint

    The best way to undermine the pensions is to inflate the value of the money. 2nd repeal the health plan to retirees by charging 50% of cost. Not hard to do if you worked for Tate, Tate would have figuured that one out in a nano second.

    • consciouspoint

      The health care plan is the only compensation that can be determined by the school district. The school district can cancel medical plan.