A message from the Upstate Conservative Coalition

This comes from our Legislation expert John Bergener, we knew this was coming now we need to try to stop it. Please pass this on to anyone you know in NYS:

The NY Legislators are planning to come back After Thanksgiving to raise their own pay and maybe pass other things as well. NYS now has the second highest paid Legislators in the USA, they want to be #1 in pay again; even though the NYS is broke.

They are waiting until after their re-election in the hope the voters will forget in two years when they run again. Email your Assemblyman at –http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/ and your NYS Senator at –http://www.nysenate.gov/senators & Gov. Cuomo at –http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php 

now! Let them NOT to raise their pay or you will remember in 2014. [Note 4 years ago angry voter e-mails killed a planned pay raise!]

Update: Into Sandy’s dustbin

NY Post 11/20/12 – No pay raises for you, New York lawmakers. That’s the word from…

Quid pro Cuo in pols’ salary hike

EXCLUSIVE Fredric U. Dicker, June 25, 2012 – Gov. Cuomo may link pay hikes for state lawmakers to an end to the  much-abused “per diem’’ reimbursement system and cuts in mandates on  hard-pressed local governments, The Post has learned.

Gov. Cuomo’s plan to OK legislators’ pay raises:  Current “base” pay for legislators: $79,500 / Proposed salary: $100,000 (with per diem eliminated).

Pay raises for everyone?

(AP Photo)June 15, 2012 – Tim Hoefer

It seems like everyone who counts in Albany could get a pay bump before the year’s out.

Pay raises are basically an annual tradition for government employees.  As The Chief reports (subscription required), about 75 percent of the members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and 67 percent of Public Employees Federation (PEF) members are getting increases from step increments and longevity bonuses, despite the state’s supposed wage freeze. (The unions say their members are still losing money due to payless furlough days and increases in health insurance premiums.) Teachers often get two raises each year, one negotiated in their contract as a “raise,” and one as a “step” increase.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver got his chamber to pass what, so far, is a one-house minimum-wage hike. (E.J. wrote on it here, here and had an op-ed in Newsday yesterday. Rus has covered the issue here, here and with this policy briefing.) Silver recently conceded the issue likely won’t pass before session officially ends next week  … but all bets are off for summer or post-election passage.

All that generosity is apparently leaving the lawmakers themselves feeling … well, drained. They’ve been anything but secretive about their desire for a pay raise, which would be their first since 1999. The consensus around the Capitol is that there will be movement on this after this fall’s elections.

New York lawmakers are technically part-timers, meaning they can still hold outside jobs (read: make more money on top of their legislative salaries). The base salary for a state legislator is $79,500, plus stipends for leadership positions and committee chairmanships, plus a $171 daily per-diem during session.

New York’s legislative pay is the third highest nationally according to our DataBank, which among its 50+ comparative data sets, also ranks legislative spending per member.

State lawmakers to get first raise in 13 years

BCNYS – If Legislators really believe they deserve a raise to $100,000 a year, then take the vote before elections and let voters decide if you should get the raise. Most taxpayers haven’t had raises either and many have lost their jobs, yet government keeps raising their taxes.

Reading Andrew’s lips

NYPOST Editorial Last Updated:  June 25,  2012 – ‘The New York of today looks pretty different from the New York of 18 months  ago,” Gov. Cuomo said Friday — the day after the state Legislature absconded for  summer vacation — and that’s true enough. Moreover, he continued, the 2012 legislative session “was among the most  productive and broadest-reaching in modern political history.”

And that’s true too — if “modern political history” begins with Eliot  Spitzer’s spectacular departure from Albany in 2008 and the years of chaos that  filled the ensuing vacuum. The fact is, Cuomo’s signal achievement — and it’s truly no small thing — has  been to dampen the drama that made Albany a national symbol for governmental  dysfunction.

Just think: There have been two consecutive legislative sessions without a  leadership crisis in either the executive or legislative branches; there have  been no missed budget deadlines and there have been only a minimum of  indictments and arrests.

Elsewhere, this would be normal. In Albany, it’s considered grounds for high-fives — and pay raises all ’round.

Old habits die hard. But what actually was accomplished this year?

Not nothing. But not a lot.  Read on…

Morse: No legislative pay raise (without minimum wage raise, that is)

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm by Casey Seiler

Democrat Shawn Morse, the Albany County legislator who’s vying for the state Senate seat held by Neil Breslin, says he opposes any boost to legislative pay until lawmakers approve a rise in the minimum wage.

Breslin isn’t as hurting as much as many other members of the Democratic conference: He receives a $20,500 lulu as deputy minority leader on top of his $79,500 base salary.

Sunshine Review

FYI-The salary of New York’s governor at $179,000 ranks 2nd among U.S. governors’ salaries.

For more information on all NY’s public sector compensation and benefits, facts and figures, click here.

2010 Legislator Compensation Data (NY=3rd highest nationally)

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures (<click for all states)

State Base Salary (annual or   daily rate) Session Per Diem Rate
New York $79,500/year Varies (V) tied to   federal rate.

L = Legislative day / C = Calendar day / (V) Vouchered  (U) Unvouchered