"They’re going about it the wrong way. Even without a raise, our base salary of $79,500 is already nearly twice the median income of our constituents. And that pales in comparison to the amount some lawmakers receive from potentially shady side jobs.
Before Albany dares to increase legislative pay, we need to rein in the excessive sums of outside cash that pad lawmaker pockets.
It’s often said that elected officials “work for the people.” But that’s not technically true all the time for Albany legislators, particularly those who are lawyers.
There are no restrictions on outside income from the practice of law, allowing one out of four members of the state Senate to collectively earn up to an eye-popping $2 million a year. The public is in the dark about the identity of these lawyer-lawmakers’ clients, the time they spent representing them and the nature of the clients’ interests."
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