Heastie makes case for legislator pay raise without income cap

January 08, 2019 07:48 PM

State lawmakers could get their pay raise and not have to have a cap on their outside income.

That's the way Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his attorney see it in a brief filed in state Supreme Court.

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Heastie and his attorney made the argument because the state is being sued over the scheduled $50,000 pay increases. Heastie argues the pay increase should stand, because the court recognized the authority of an almost identical committee that gave judges a raise in 2015. He says the committee's core job was to recommend a raise.

So if a judge finds the 15 percent outside income cap unenforceable, Heastie says the raises should still go through without it.

Lawyers will make arguments in the case in court in Albany on Friday.



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