ALBANY - A pay-raise commission will report its recommendations for raising the salaries of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and state legislators after Nov. 15, 2016 – paving the way for salary hikes after the next election cycle.
Lawmakers approved the pay-raise commission as part of the 2015-16 state budget. Its creation likely paves the way for their first raise in the 21st century. Any pay raise wouldn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2017.
State lawmakers receive a base pay of $79,500, a rate that was last changed in December 1998. Many lawmakers also get extra stipends for leading committees or serving in party leadership posts, which boosts average pay closer to $100,000. Traditionally, any pay hike for legislators also means a pay hike for the governor, other statewide elected officials and state-agency commissioners.
Cuomo has said flat salaries have hurt his attempts to hire commissioners to lead state agencies.