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Letter: No raises for state legislators

A statue stands in front of the New

A statue stands in front of the New York State Capitol building in Albany, New York, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. Credit: Bloomberg / Ron Antonelli

Why are lawmakers in Albany even talking about a pay raise for themselves ["Pay raises on the horizon," News, Dec. 8]?

Seniors will get only a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment in Social Security next year. Nassau residents will get a 3.4 percent tax increase and have already shelled out millions of dollars for speed-camera tickets. Republicans gained control of the State Senate and the first order of business for co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) is to say no to raising the minimum wage and yes to a pay raise for lawmakers?

State senators earn $79,500 a year, with stipends of $14,250 to $41,500 for holding committee or party positions, plus income from outside sources. They will have no problem providing their families and friends with a joyous holiday.

People working for the minimum wage earn less than $300 a week after taxes and will need help from a food pantry and Toys for Tots to have some semblance of a holiday for their families. Doesn't anyone see a problem with this plan?

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

Editor's note: The writer was a Democratic candidate for State Assembly in 2010.