More NY Senate staffers get raises

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ALBANY, N.Y. - ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Another bill is coming due from this summer's crippling coup in New York's Senate: $13 million more in raises and hiring over the next 15 months, mostly for the Republican minority.

The latest state payroll records show new hires and raises that reflect an agreement from the summer's coup, which ground government to a halt for a month.

In ending the gridlock that started with a June coup by 30 Republicans and two dissident Democrats in the 62-seat house, the Democratic majority agreed to provide more funds for staffing the GOP.

That deal means that by the end of the year the GOP minority will have about $17.3 million for staffing. That compares to $14.9 million given to the Democrats last year when they were in the minority.

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