As New Yorkers Suffer Financially, Cuomo Giving Himself This As A Present For 'Job Well Done'

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 18 November 2020 18:30

During the pandemic that has damaged the economy and left millions struggling to financially survive, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting a raise.

Cuomo is set to receive a $25,000 pay raise in January 2021, boosting his salary from $225,000 to $250,000 and marking him as the highest-paid governor in the country.

In the meantime, hopes for raises for New York's legislators, judges, and commissioners were dismissed on Monday, when the commission that approves payment raises concluded that there wasn't enough room in the budget to give them out this year due to damages from the coronavirus pandemic.

"Granting raises to public servants, no matter how much they might otherwise deserve them, is simply not possible at this time," the Commission on Legislative, Judicial, and Executive Compensation (CLJEC) panel wrote in a report.

New York's shortage is expected to expand to $63billion over the next four years, increased by the crushing cost of the pandemic and related losses in tourism, transportation, and tax revenue.

While the commission's ruling is simply a suggestion, with the potential to be flipped by state lawmakers, it is expected to be upheld given the current budget crisis.

If it is upheld, the ruling will remain in effect for the next four years until the commission meets again in 2024.

In the meantime, legislators could determine to increase their own pay by passing a new law, but the increase would not take effect until 2023 at the earliest.

The base salary for New York's 213 lawmakers is currently set at $110,000, plus a bonus for each day they spend at the Capitol in Albany.

The salary for judges is modified based on their bench, with state Supreme Court judges making about $210,000.

The commission's decision does not affect Cuomo's raise, which was approved last year under a joint resolution by the state Senate and Assembly.

Three other top officials are also set to receive raises in January - Lieutenant Gov Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. Like Cuomo's, their salary increases are approved by the legislature, not the CLEC.

Amid a rapidly growing deficit, Cuomo has been pressing the federal government for additional funding, warning that the state will be forced to make permanent 20 percent cuts to health and education if the aid doesn't arrive.

"We don't have a shovel big enough to dig out of [the deficit], it's the biggest number in history. We need help from Washington," the governor said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

How does Cuomo have the audacity to be asking for additional funding after getting a raise, while millions of Americans are struggling economically?

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