New York pension checks are in the mail _ really

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Posted: Jan 05, 2010 4:37 PM

New York state retirees, your check is in the mail. Really.

The state may be short on cash, but it assured former employees looking for late pension checks that they will get them.

A glitch at the post office apparently caused some of the 60,000 checks mailed Dec. 30 to become lost. While retirees in Albany got theirs and checks have begun showing up in central New York mailboxes, retirees in western New York are still waiting.

Postal Service spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz (muh-ZUHR'-ke-wits) says Tuesday a number of things could have gone wrong _ trays could have been mislabeled or put on wrong trucks out of Albany, for example.

The state is asking people to wait another day or two and if their checks don't show up, call the comptroller's office to have another sent.