City attorneys lied to a state judge in a “shameful” attempt to deprive them of health insurance benefits, according to a group of retired firefighters, cops, teachers and other government officials.
Lawyers have argued in court filings and before a Manhattan Supreme Court judge that New York City retirees must accept a new privately administered plan or pay $191.57 a month to maintain current coverage.
However, The Post has obtained a February 16, 2016, letter from Stephen Louis, an attorney with the city’s legal department, to then-Labour Commissioner Robert Linn, which appears to confirm that the city is required by law to pay. for all retiree health plans up to a certain price. cap.
“They misled the court,” fumed Marianne Pizzitola, who heads the New York Public Service Retirees Organization, when shown the letter, calling it “shameful.”
Louis wrote that the Administrative Code requires the city to pay for any plan “up to the full cost of the health care package offered” by NYC.
The company’s assistant attorney, William Fraenkel, told Judge Lyle Frank on February 28 that making every plan free of a bounty would be “against” the law.
Frank ruled in favor of retirees in March. The city appealed. The decision will affect 250,000 former workers.
“The city did not mislead the court,” a spokesperson for the legal department said, adding that critics “selectively cite” Louis’ letter.