From the Daily News:
The City Council has some chutzpah.
As the rest of city government is being forced to swallow big budget cuts, the City Council increased its own new budget Thursday by 4.6% - to $52.9 million for the budget year that starts July 1.
That's $2.3 million more than the budget they approved this time last year, though five months later the Council doled out 4% raises to staffers.
Speaker Christine Quinn defended the new spending plan, insisting it's not an increase when the cost of the raises are included. "I would argue our budget is in fact the same as it was last year," she said.
And I would argue that council staffers don't deserve raises.