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On Pay Raise Question, Cuomo Talks Of CompromiseNick Reisman
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to keep the door open on a legislative pay raise later this year, a measure that may come later this year that’s included in a package of bills aimed to resolve a host of issues such as raising the minimum wage.
But asked specifically this afternoon if he would use the pay raise as a carrot for the special session negotiation, Cuomo indicated that he would need something to hold over lawmakers:
Well, whenever you have an agrement on legislation — whether it’s on the federal level, state level, or local level — it tends to be a certain transaction quality, right? You have a Senate, you have a Congress, you have an Assembly, you have Democrats, you have Republicans, so an agreement by definition normally is an exchange of benefits and burdens so in that regard there would have to be an agreement on legislation that everybody wants to pass, right?
The governor said a lot of what happens with the pay raise is riding on the outcome of Election Day.
It’s believed that the governor would seek other sought-after measures such as an overhaul of campaign-finance laws. Cuomo today mentioned reforming stop-and-frisk arrests as well.
“If they want to do and if we can come to agreement on what we want to get done,” Cuomo said.
Lawmakers last received a pay raise to their current salary of $79,500 more than a decade ago. At the time, then-Gov. George Pataki tied the pay bump to expanding the number of charter schools in the state.