NY state lawmakers vote in favor of hefty pay raise

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State lawmakers in Albany have voted to give themselves a hefty pay raise.

It’s a special session of the legislature that has created an especially large amount of controversy.

Lawmakers in both houses came back to Albany specifically to debate the merits of the pay raise issue. It was a spirited debate.

Members of the Senate and Assembly last received a bump in 2019, from $79,500 up to $110,000.

Now that salary will jump to $142,000 a year, which is $62,000 more than they were making four years ago.

There is justification – and plenty of outrage – at the state Capitol.

In the Assembly, the vote count was 81-52. Every Republican voted no. Many Democrats – including Phil Steck and Carrie Woerner – also rejected the pay raise.

Over the Senate, it was 33-23 in favor.

It now goes to Gov. Hochul’s desk.