NY lawmakers to get first pay raise in 20 years

December 06, 2018 11:38 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Compensation Committee announcing, Thursday a more than 60% pay increase for law makers, while also limiting how much they can make in the private sector, reducing outside income to $19,500.

For Assemblyman John McDonald, he's waiting to see what that means for his business, Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes.


"I'm not going to sell my business, I'm not going to quit my job and I'm not going to leave here, I'll figure it out one way or the other," McDonald said.

The Committee, comprised of two former and two current comptrollers outlined ending "lulus" or stipends for many leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly, an added salary that in some cases could reach up to an additional $41,500.

"If people are willing to work harder and put forth the effort I don't know why they should be penalized by any stretch of the imagination," McDonald said.

Included in the raises are the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller, Tom DiNapoli who recused himself from voting on his own increase. 


$79,500 - $130,000 (64% increase)


$178,000 - $250,000 (40% increase)

Lt. Governor  

$151,000 - $225,000 (49% increase)

Comptroller & AG

$151,000 - $220,000 (46% increase)     

Assemblyman Chris Tague of Schoharie sent a statement that reads in part, "it makes perfect sense Albany insiders concocted a massive pay raise for themselves, that the tax payers are on the hook for so they can perpetuate their corrupt state government."

"You would think going to prison would be more of a deterrent than losing your pension," NYPIRG Executive Director, Blair Horner said.

Horner says placing a cap on outside income, though laudable isn't enough.

He says, the executive branch needs policing, citing corruption that's at historic proportions needs a historic response, more than just yanking away pensions of someone who has been involved in a pay-to-play scheme.

"Spending years in an orange jumpsuit, trimming hedges away from your family and friends, that should be a big deterrent but it hasn't had any effect because they think they can get away with it," Horner said.

How the Compensation Committee came up with the raises still has yet to be disclosed.

Their recommendations will be drafted up by an attorney, and must be voted on by all four committee members by the Decemeber 10th deadline.

The raises are effective January 1, 2019.


Karen Tararache

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