Cuomo to become nation's highest paid governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to supporters during an election night watch party hosted by the New York State Democratic Committee, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in New York. | Photo: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

April 01, 2019 12:04 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will become the nation's highest paid governor thanks to a pay raise approved by lawmakers as part of the new state budget.
    
The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted early Monday to gradually increase the Democratic executive's salary from the current $179,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021.
    
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's compensation will go up too, from $151,500 to $220,000 in 2021.
    
The increases were recommended by a state pay commission last year but required legislative approval.
    
The last time salaries for the governor and lieutenant governor were increased was 1999.
    
Lawmakers received their first pay increase in nearly two decades in January, when their base salary went from $79,500 to $110,000. Their pay will ultimately rise to $130,000 in 2021.

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