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The two former City of Batavia firemen who entered guilty pleas this week connected to an illegal gambling charge will still receive partial pensions upon reaching retirement age.

New York State has specific laws that will not revoke or take away their retirement benefits if it’s earned in the past," City Manager Jason Molino said on Thursday’s Main and Center program on WBTA. "That’s nothing (the City) has any control over. Obviously, they’ve only hit certain milestones which means they won’t have the extensive benefit as others will who’ve been in the system for a period of time. But I can’t control that. The City can’t control that. Both have resigned; they’re no longer employed by the City.”

Brian Bordinaro and Gregory Phillips worked for the city for 18 and 17 years respectively. They pleaded guilty to a much-reduced charge of promoting gambling and also agreed to retire from their government jobs.

The third man who participated in the plea deal, Lance Engel, will also receive a partial pension from the state upon retirement. He used to work as a cook at the veterans home in Batavia.

Our news partner, The Batavian, researched how much the men will make with their pensions.

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