From the NY Post:
Gov. Cuomo and legislators are still pushing for a pay raise for lawmakers — even in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, The Post has learned.
And the salary increase may be secured in a post-election special legislative session that’s supposed to deal with hurricane-relief issues, sources said.
The pay raise will be harder to justify because of Sandy’s impact on the region — including more than 100,000 homes damaged — but Cuomo and the leaders plan to push for it anyway, the sources said.
“It’s harder now after Sandy, but it’s still a possibility,’’ said a source close to the Cuomo administration and the legislative leaders.
'If there’s a special session after Tuesday’s elections—and it’s a possibility that there will be, to deal with Sandyrelated issues — there’s still a chance the pay raise will be on the table.'
“If there’s a special session after Tuesday’s elections — and it’s a possibility that there will be, to deal with Sandy-related issues — there’s still a chance the pay raise will be on the table,’’ the source continued.
Cuomo wants to link the pay raise — the first for lawmakers since 1999 — to ethics reforms, a higher state minimum wage, and a salary increase for his top aides and commissioners, whose pay has also been frozen for 14 years.