Brooklyn judicial family to get good will boost by state legislature
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a pension benefit that will increase the amount a widow of a Brooklyn judge will receive following her husband’s battle with cancer.
Assembly and Senate bills A4986/S3760 will allow the New York government employees’ retirement system to — on a one-time basis — “posthumously establish a service retirement [specifically] for Gustin L. Reichbach,” granting the family of the deceased judge to receive a retirement benefit that would have otherwise been unavailable.
Reichbach, a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge, suffered from pancreatic cancer, succumbing to the disease in 2012. He is famously known for a May 2012 New York Times op-ed in which he admitted to using marijuana to ease the symptoms of his cancer and advocated for the drug’s legality.
Nine days before his death, Reichbach applied for retirement; the New York system for government employees requires 15-days’ notice of retirement before a family member can inherit retirement and pension benefits. Due to the timing of her husband’s death, Reichbach’s widow, Ellen Meyers, was ineligible for the late judge’s retirement benefits.