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Auburn-area businessman begins collecting pension after retiring from Assemblyman Finch’s staff

Seven months after retiring from Assemblyman Gary Finch’s staff, Thomas Galbato is now receiving a modest monthly pension.

The state comptroller’s office revealed Wednesday that Galbato’s pension calculation was completed Jan. 11. His gross monthly pension is $318.47.

Galbato’s pension was calculated using the formula established under state law. It was based on his service credit, state pension tier, final average salary and his age at the time of retirement, according to the comptroller’s office.

Galbato, who owns Tom Thumb Drive In in Owasco and has operated other businesses in the Auburn area for many years, retired from his job as a state legislative aide in July. He was on Finch’s staff for 15 years.

Finch, R-Springport, described Galbato’s role as a part-time driver and photographer. But time sheets and other documents obtained by The Citizen last year raised questions about Galbato’s work for Finch.

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