In last-minute budget move, Legislature agrees to give Cuomo, Hochul a 40% raise
ALBANY – At 7 in the morning Monday, after pulling an all-nighter doing budget bills, bleary-eyed members of the state Assembly were asked to consider one more measure.
Resolution C243 was a last-minute addition to the agenda: authorization to give Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo a 40 percent pay raise over the next two years.
The lights next to individual lawmakers’ names on two large vote tally boards sitting high above the Assembly floor flashed red.
The pay raise was rejected.
But then everyone laughed and quickly re-cast their votes.
Yes votes: 92. No: 46.
The pay bump for the Democratic governor passed with no debate.
Several hours earlier, the Senate – controlled, like the Assembly, by Democrats – voted to give the Democratic governor the pay raise.
The governor’s salary, now at $179,000, will increase to $200,000, retroactive to Jan. 1. He’ll get another hike next year before it reaches $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021.
The higher compensation for Cuomo – as well as Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul – comes after state lawmakers and top state agencies heads were awarded hikes following the binding recommendations last year by a state-created pay study commission.
While lawmakers’ pay raises kicked