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Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. Continues to Fight For His Pension

The disability pension is worth $43,000 annually to Maturo.

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr.’s appeal to win back his $43,000 disability pension has been transferred to the tax and administrative appeals session at New Britain Superior Court, which his attorney called an obvious progression of Maturo’s case, the New Haven Register reports. 

There will be a pretrial conference on July 24. Maturo is also seeking an additional $15,000 in damages from the state, the Register reports. 

Maturo believes the only thing standing between him and collecting an additional $43,000 is the fact he is a Republican in a Democratically-controlled State Capitol. 

And feeling he was wrong, the East Haven mayor, filed an appeal in Superior Court, New Haven last month, over the state’s rejection to give him his firefighter disability, which amounts to $43,000 annually, the New Haven Register reports. 

In 2013, it appeared Maturo was getting close to collecting the disability pension along with his mayor salary. 

The state legislature in 2013 forwarded a bill - Senate Bill 704 - that would allow retired municipal employees to start working for a town again while still collecting their full municipal pensions. The bill would mean Maturo, who has been receiving a disability pension since 1991 after he hurt his back as a firefighter, would make another $43,000 a year, according to the New Haven Register.

Maturo makes $75,000 a year as mayor of East Haven. He stopped collecting his $43,000-a-year pension in 2011, when he was first elected mayor, and has been fighting to get it reinstated ever since, according to the newspaper.

The Register reports that Maturo may have been denied the benefits because retirees can’t accept payment for employment in the same municipality they retired from. Essentially, Maturo is not eligible for his pension while he is being paid for his work as mayor, the Register reports. 

Should Mayor Maturo be able to collect his disability pension?

Richard Poulton July 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM
Getting this into a court is where this belongs. Not just for Maturo but other state & municipal employees that retire and resume employement in the same muncipality. CGS 7-438 is wide open for interpretation of the meaning of "employee". George, that 1987 law mentioned was actually a Public Act (PA 87-83) which amended Section 7-438 to read "(a) to be applicable to retired members who are employed by a nonparticipating municipality or the State and (b) to provide that any retired member employed by a participating municipality shall be entitled to retirement credit for such service". The key to all this is how the courts will find by the term employed by a nonparticipating municipality and is he an employee or an elected official.
George Kenyon July 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Yes, I remember the employee vs elected official issue, Elected or not, I consider him an employee of the town, I also consider a disability payout to make one whole again, 2 hick is not the case here, in my opinion... As I have stated previously, the action taken by the Governor were at the least a power trip. One of the few pieces of legislation that actually passed both chambers *unanimously* but was squashed. I have a problem with that in and of itself. I have my own opinions as to Maturo 's *disability* and his eligibility, I have a bigger issue with corrupt politicians from any party, and to me, what Malloy did was disgusting... The reference above was giving the rest of the information from the Rags article.
Dan McCann July 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM
Well according to Maturo and his testimony the Mayor of East Haven is only a PART TIME job and the results of the 29 hour work week definitely are showing....
George Kenyon July 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Yepper, he did say that himself.
eddychase July 11, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Dan,I thought it was 20 hrs ?I could be wrong

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