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Mayor de Blasio signs bills giving raises to elected officials

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen at Penn

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seen at Penn Station in Manhattan on Nov. 24, 2015. Photo Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Friday morning giving immediate pay raises to New York City elected officials.

The raises are retroactive to Jan. 1 and went into effect with the mayor’s signature.

The legislation is actually a package of four bills. The pay-raise bill passed 40-7 on Feb. 5.

The legislation also prohibits most outside income, eliminates stipends for leadership posts and converts the job of City Council member to full-time from part-time.

“This is a fundamentally progressive piece of legislation,” said Frederick A. O. (“Fritz”) Schwarz Jr., head of a blue-ribbon pay raise commission that made the recommendations.

Pay raises would also go to the mayor, who would make $258,750; other raises include $212,800 for the city’s five district attorneys, $209,050 for the comptroller, $184,800 for the public advocate, $179,200 for the five borough presidents and $164,500 for the council speaker, who heads the body.

The council went beyond the Schwarz panel’s recommendations by giving members $10,000 more than recommended.

On Friday, Schwarz said he disagreed with the bump but hailed legislation overall.

Council members currently are paid $112,500. It’s the first pay raise since 2006.

De Blasio has said he would decline his raise unless he is re-elected.


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