Rudy Giuliani Now Wishes He'd Taken NYC Pension

Would have amounted to nearly $450K so far, had he taken it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2024 2:00 AM CST
Now Bankrupt, Rudy Giuliani Wishes He'd Taken That Pension
Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters as he leaves his apartment building in New York on Aug. 23, 2023.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Most New York City mayors take a pension when they leave office, but when Rudy Giuliani's time as "America's Mayor" came to a close in 2001, he didn't file for one. Now that he's declared bankruptcy following a court ruling ordering him to pay two Georgia election workers nearly $150 million, though, he says he wouldn't mind having that money. Asked by the New York Post why he didn't take a pension back in 2001, Giuliani said, "Giving back to the city I love. Although I would like to take it now. ... I don't know how to go about it." The pension would have granted him about $26,000 annually after he turned 62, which would have amounted to about $442,000 so far (he's now 79).

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