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Four Millburn Public Retirees Receive More than $100,000 Pension

More than 1,200 public retirees in the state receive pensions that are more than $100,000

Various public retirees in the area are part of the so-called "$100K" club, receiving more than $100,000 in pension from the state of New Jersey. The highest pensions are going to former members of the towns' Board of Education.

Last year, 1,244 former employees collected more than $100,000 the according to New Jersey Watchdog. This number has increased by 28 percent since 2010, they said.

Below is a list of retirees in Millburn and surrounding areas. To view the full state list click here.

Jerry P. Tarnoff (West Orange Board of Education): $143,730
Keith A. Neigel (Millburn Public Schools): $116,516
Frank A. Corrado (West Orange Board of Education): $115,897
Joseph Bruno (West Orange Board of Education): $106,974
Robert L. Zeglarski (Millburn Public Schools): $106,952
Richard Rosenberg (South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education): $106,668
John Ryan (West Orange Township): $105,025
Paul G. Boegershausen (Millburn Township): $103,760
David Barber (Millburn Township): $103,313

DS April 06, 2012 at 10:13 AM
JUST WRONG !! JUST PLAIN WRONG !! While I don't begrudge Public employees pensions, they should be capped at no more than $40k or so..Plus they need to pay for healthcare as well - another reason why this state and country will simply be on a long soup line soon...
DS April 06, 2012 at 10:14 AM
It's obscene that also most of these folks are in education.. sorry, but this needs to stop and if it requires the breaking of unions to do so, so be it.. There's fair and not fair, this is NOT fair..NOR reasonable.
20yearmiller April 06, 2012 at 11:43 AM
$40K? We're talking about the #1 rated public HS (and feeder schools) in NJ. Even at $100K none of those educators are moving to SH on that income nor will they be able to pay for their own kids to attend a top college if they have mortgage payments, etc. Obscene? What's obscene is that you're speaking of them like they're emptying garbage cans on Millburn Ave. Perhaps you should make sure your garage door is closed so no one steals the rolex left in the unlocked Audi. You want a superior township? Pay our teachers and police and give them whatever they need to keep us safe and our children well educated. Oh I know! Let's build some more speed bumps we don't need or build some retaining walls that don't stop flooding waters, and spend a ton of money doing it. Now that is obscene.
M OKeef April 06, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Two of them were town/police I think, not school employees. Paul G. Boegershausen (Millburn Township): $103,760 David Barber (Millburn Township): $103,313. These 4 were long serving professional, highly qualified public servants. Personally, I credit Neigel's leadership for the school's platinum reputation, and think the town got a great return on its investment in him. Why begrudge any of them a good pension?
Sick and Tired of BS April 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Get real--as a former teacher, I can attest that most students do well because they are genetically endowed and/or have parents that push them to do well. If the teachers and some one as far removed from the classroom as the Superintendant were responsonsible for our kids' great scores, then 100% of the kids should all have A's, and should all have perfect SAT scores. The only thing that's a variable in this equation are the kids' genes and the set of parents they have. p.s. Not all of us work on Wall Street and can afford these pensions. Remember that pensions were established because, many years ago, teachers were paid dirt. Many of the teachers in our system now earn over $80k/year. That's not chicken feed. In addition, let's not forget that teachers and cops (unlike this family, who pays over $900/month in health care costs), contribute very little for health care. Can you imagine how having an extra $900 in our pockets each month could help our family?
20yearmiller April 06, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Mr./Ms. Sick and tired. While I agree that the township has good genes and parents push their children to excel, your attitude that the teacher has little or nothing to do with how a student performs makes me happy that you're not teaching my child or any other in the township and hope that you never received the high salaries that we pay our teachers. With that attitude YOU should be getting $40K or less.
Sophie April 06, 2012 at 03:07 PM
20yearmiller -- Isn't it wonderful that we live in a town where the children are blessed with good genes and involved parents? I would imagine that these conditions would be hard to replicate in other higher teacher salary towns such as East Orange, Newark, and such. Given that the State is moving to an annual teacher assessment standard that grades teachers on the performance of their students, our teachers will easily meet those standards with our genetically blessed and parent-driven children. In fact, as evidenced by the recent adoption of the computer-based foreign language program and the adoption of an expansive (and expensive) technology spending plan, there appears to be enormous confidence on the part of the BOE that we can probably eliminate even more teachers through the use of technology. I guess that one of the benefits about computers is that we won't need to pay them a pension once they are retired (or is it recycled).
KLF April 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I have no problem with it. This is 2012, not 1972. How many people in this town are living on $100k a year?
Sophie April 06, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Hi KLF -- That is a very good question. Maybe the Down The Block organization, the group formed to help our fellow neighbors here in Millburn & Short Hills who are facing financial problems during these difficult times, can help provide you with an answer. They can be found at http://www.downtheblock.org/index.html
CM April 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
KLF -- The real question to ask would be how many RETIREES in this town are living on $100k a year. The article is not referring to those actively in the work force, although some of those listed above are still working while collecting. Must be nice to be able to retire young and still have a guaranteed income and benefits for life.
Miller April 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
A $100k pension is like ordinary working folks accumulating $4-5M in wealth before retiring. The majority of the US population will never see that kind of wealth - I think I read there are about 3M millionaires in the US (< 1% of the population). Most professionals (business execs, accountants, doctors, lawyers) would be lucky to build up $4-5M in a career. Yes, executives on the high rungs of the ladder, specialist doctors in the top of their field, high powered lawyers, or successful entrepreneurs will accumulate that much wealth and more, but a $100k pension is similar to paying someone a mid-high six digit salary. After another recession, I always hope belt-tightening leads to someone minding government's purse strings, but we always seem to go back to unsustainable spending. How does everyone feel about paying our local officials this kind of money?
Frances L. April 07, 2012 at 07:38 PM
100k in this day and age is not a lot of money...remember this is it there are no raises nor are there any bonuses.....the two police chiefs served this town for a combined 40+ years....they both contributed to their pensions, gave up many nights and holidays with their families to serve this community......police don't pay into SS so if they have enough quarters (from previous jobs or side jobs) it is cut in half. People in this town want the best but you don't want to pay for the best....both chiefs have a college degree and Barber has a masters...these are highly professionals and have earned every dime of their pension.
M OKeef April 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Why don't police pay into Social Security?
Frances L. April 07, 2012 at 08:27 PM
because they have a pension system
F Crisp April 07, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Because they don't collect social security.
Frances L. April 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
they have to have the quarters to collect the same as anyone but these come from other jobs as stated above however the amount is cut in half. If they are entitled to collect $400 they only get $200 which, in some cases, is just enough to pay for medicare part B
Leslie April 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Shouldn't the title be "Only Four Millburn Public Retirees Receive More than $100,000 Pension"? Considering what this town has, four people receiving a generous pension doesn't sound out of line. I'd be much more interested in the median or average pension, which would not single out specific people in a "witch-hunt" manner, and would say more about our overall taxpayer costs than what four specific people are receiving.

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