Convicted state senator wants $20,509-a-month pension restored
HARRISBURG — Nearly five years after a longtime leader of Pennsylvania’s state Senate went to prison on a federal corruption charge, state officials are weighing the unusual step of restoring his $20,509-a-month pension.
The 11 board members who oversee the State Employees’ Retirement System are in the process of voting on the long-fought appeal by Robert Mellow, the Scranton-area legislator who lost the retirement benefit after he pleaded guilty in May 2012.
It’s unclear how long their decision will take or whether it will be made public; the SERS board’s next public meeting is June 14. “The board will deliberate for as long as it needs to,” said its spokesman, Jay Pagni.
Mellow, now 74, couldn’t be reached. A phone message left at a home listed for him Lackwawanna County wasn’t returned. His lawyer didn’t responded to requests for comment.