Members of the New York City Council on Friday voted themselves a $36,000 raise — $10,000 higher than an advisory salary panel — to $148,500.
By a vote of 40-7, the council got their first raise since 2006, when the salary went up to $112,500.
“Every dollar is a worthy investment in a government that works full time for the people,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who was one of the legislation’s lead shepherds.
Backers noted that the legislation also prohibits most outside income, eliminates stipends for leadership posts and converts the job of council member to full time from part time.
Council members said they deserved the additional $10,000 because of the outside-income ban, which passed 45-2.