Six retired NOPD officer awaiting pension checks


CASEY, THE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING THESE RETIRED OFFICERS SAYS THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE CITY’S ABILITY TO PAY NOR IS ABOUT THE HEALTH OF THE PENSION FUND. HE SAYS THIS IS SQUABBLE OVER DATA PROCESSING. BUT SAYS WHILE THE FIGHT WAGES ON—THESE OFFICERS ARE THE ONES SUFFERING. DONOVAN LIVACCARI IS REPRESNTING THE SIX OFFICERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS BATTLE donovan livaccari: they’ve put in their time and made their contributions and it’s only right for them to expect that their pension checks will arrive when they’re supposed to arrive. LIVACCARI SAYS THE CITY FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE LOUISIANA MUNICPAL POLICE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM’S REQUIREMENTS AND SIMPLY NEEDS TO CORRECTS THE DATA THAT’S BEEN FORWARDED TO MPERS BATON ROUGE. donovan livaccari: apparently there’s been a history of those two things not reconciling. This is Baton Rouge’s way, I think, of trying to tell the city to get their act together. The problem is, the pensioners are paying the price for it. BUT DEPUTY MAYOR AND CITY C-A-O ANDY KOPPLIN SAYS THEY’VE DONE EVERYTHING ON THEIR END TO CORRECT ANY CONFUSION andy kopplin:calculating their retirement benefits has been done. The issue is between the police retirement system and the city is about the global system—folks who haven’t retired yet. KOPPLIN SAYS THE CITY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT WANTS THESE FORMER OFFICERS PAID FOR THE YEARS THEY SPENT SERVING NEW ORLEANS. andy kopplin: for them to hold New Orleans police officers who are retiring hostage because they’re having a record checking issue with the city is just an outrage and an abuse. LIVACCARI SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN IN TALKS WITH THE PENSION BOARD. HE HOPES THEY WILL END THIS SAGA, CALL A SPECIAL MEETING THIS WEEK AND CUT THE CHECKS. LIVACCARI SAYS THIS MONEY IS FOR THE OFFICERS WHO WORKED HARD FOR DECADES, NOT FOR THE PENSION BOARD TO HOLD IN BATON ROUGE. HE SAYS IF THEY DON’T TAKE ACTION AND SOON, BATON ROUGE. HE SAYS IF THEY DON’T TAKE ACTION AND SOON, HE AND THE OFFICERS WILL NOT HESITATE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION. CASEY? WE DID REACH OUT TO THE MUNICIPLE POLICE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT BOARD… BUT WERE NOT ABLE TO REACH THEM FOR A COMMENT. NOW TO TERREBONNE PARISH…

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