July 16, 2020
A judge on Wednesday allowed St. Clare’s Hospital pensioners to continue their legal efforts to regain their lost pension benefits.
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York said state Supreme Court Judge Vincent Versaci denied motions by the St. Clare’s Corporation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and various officers of both organizations to dismiss the pensioners’ lawsuit.
More than 100 former employees of the defunct Schenectady hospital are named as plaintiffs in the case, brought in September by the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Brooklyn Legal Services, AARP Foundation, David Pratt, and James Reilly.
The move came about a year after the chronically underfunded pension fund reached a crisis point and its managers reduced or eliminated the monthly pension checks paid to more than 1,000 former employees.