East Haven Mayor’s pension case going before Connecticut Supreme Court

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HARTFORD — East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr.’s fight to reinstate his own firefighter’s pension while also being paid as mayor is going before the Connecticut Supreme Court in a case involving the practice called “double dipping.”

Officials with the Connecticut Municipal Employees Retirement System terminated his $40,000-a-year disability pension in 2011, saying state law prohibited Maturo from collecting the pension while serving as mayor of the same town.

Maturo appealed, saying the law allows him to collect the pension because the mayor’s job is not a part of the Municipal Employees Retirement System.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in the case Thursday.

Maturo is paid nearly $90,000 a year as mayor. He began receiving the pension in 1991 after an 18-year career in the town fire department.

Judges will hear more than a dozen cases over the next week and a half. This term is set to wrap up on April 6.

A federal jury in Bridgeport issued a $41.5 million award in 2013 to the student’s family against the Hotchkiss School in Salisbury. The jury found the school negligent in failing to warn student Cara Munn about the risk of insect-borne illnesses in China and in failing to take protective measures. She contracted encephalitis in 2007 and is unable to speak.

The school appealed to a federal appeals court, which asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to decide whether state policy requires schools to warn and protect against insect-borne diseases for trips abroad. Arguments are scheduled for Monday, March 27.