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NYC Council votes 40-7 to raise members’ pay to $148,500

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, joined by City Council members, discusses legislative reforms during a press conference at City Hall in Manhattan on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Photo Credit: Bryan R. Smith

Members of the New York City Council on Friday voted themselves a $36,000 raise — $10,000 higher than an advisory salary panel — to $148,500.

By a vote of 40-7, the council got their first raise since 2006, when the salary went up to $112,500.

“Every dollar is a worthy investment in a government that works full time for the people,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who was one of the legislation’s lead shepherds.

Backers noted that the legislation also prohibits most outside income, eliminates stipends for leadership posts and converts the job of council member to full time from part time.

Council members said they deserved the additional $10,000 because of the outside-income ban, which passed 45-2.

Fritz Schwarz, the leader of the salary panel, called the Quadrennial Advisory Commission, who endorsed a lower raise, said only a handful of council members — three or four in the 51-member body — currently have such income.

Mayor Bill de Blasio must sign off on the raises.

Under the legislation passed Friday afternoon, pay raises also will also go to de Blasio, who’d make $258,750; $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.


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