In last-minute bud­get move, Leg­is­la­ture agrees to give Cuomo, Hochul a 40% raise

The Buffalo News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tom Pre­cious

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

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