Judicial nominations approved despite public policy concerns

Sen. Dante Bartolomeo of Meriden.  (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)
Sen. Dante Bartolomeo of Meriden. (Photo by Hugh McQuaid)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Former Sen. Anthony Avallone’s judicial nomination drew five “no” votes in the Senate Friday based on the state’s retirement policies rather than his qualifications to be a judge.

Lawmakers seemed to agree that Avallone, a lawyer and former Democratic state senator from New Haven, was well-qualified to serve on the bench. But one Democrat and four Republicans voted against his nomination because of a state policy which will allow him to retire with a $100,000 pension after just three years as a judge.

Avallone is 66 years old and the mandatory retirement age for Connecticut judges is 70.

Meriden Democrat Sen. Dante Bartolomeo said she voted against Avallone with “discomfort and regret.”

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2 responses to “Judicial nominations approved despite public policy concerns”

  1. Oldtimer

    If there is a state policy that provides a $100,000/yr pension for all judges at age 70, regardless of time served, that policy is wrong and needs to be changed. Judges should earn a pension based on a percentage of base salary for each year of state service. 2.5% a year equals 50% at the end of 20 years. Knowing there is the present policy, he should not have been nominated to be a judge.

  2. Piberman

    Why would anyone complain about $100k retirement after just a few years. The Yankee Institute reports we have a UCON college prof. Retiring on $250k a year. This is CT – land of dreams for “public servants”. Bless our legislators – they sure know how to keep state employees “happy” in their golden years.

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