Jon Lender is a reporter on the politics and government beat. He writes The Courant’s Sunday investigative column, Government Watch. A reporter and editor for 40 years, he has received numerous regional and national journalism awards, including the 2004 George Polk Award for investigative stories by him and two other reporters about corruption involving Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland, who later served 10 months in federal prison. He began as a town reporter in Willimantic, Bristol, Southington and Middletown before switching to investigative reporting and government/politics coverage.

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State Settles With Ex-Official Who Got Disability Pension While Serving As Volunteer Fireman

September 20, 2014

The 2½-year legal battle over ex-deputy environmental commissioner David Leff's neck ailment – a case that exposed claims of both unfairness and excessive generosity in the state's system of awarding premium pensions to retirees with disabilities–has finally ended.


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