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Brooklyn DA: No Sense In Forced Premature Retirement

Charles Hynes Backs Raising Judges' Retirement Age To 80
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.  (file/credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. (file/credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Americans are living longer, and now, some New Yorkers are calling for a new attitude toward older adults.

As WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported, the oldest New York City resident, Susannah Mushatt Jones, recently celebrated her 114th birthday. Among the guests was Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, 78.

“Seventy-eight is the new 58,” Hynes said.

He said there is no sense in making people retire prematurely.

“The public this November has something to do something that’s long overdue, and that is extend the retirement age of judges to 80,” he said.

Hynes said he feels better than he did when he was 55. He said he was 50 pounds heavier back then.

“My wife, who is 72 and drop-dead gorgeous – she said says it’s just a number,” he said.

Hynes also said other professions might consider raising their required retirement ages.

“There’s a great chief in the Police Department, and he’s leaving in three weeks, forced out at 63, it makes no sense,” he said.

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