By law, the standard salary for a member is $112,500. But the Council gets around the limit by awarding lulus, supposedly for “extra” work on committees.
All told, 47 of the 51 members get the additional dough, ranging from $5,000 for those with little clout or seniority to $25,000 for Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Who gets what is determined by the speaker, empowering her to reward friends, punish enemies and buy obedience. Independent lawmaking goes out the window.
Which is why every member of the U.S. Congress, from minority-party freshmen backbenchers to the most senior committee chairmen, gets the same salary. Not so in the Council. There, most take the money and run.
...12 members keep the cash, including six who had pledged to restrict lulus. The slugs are Corey Johnson and Ydanis Rodriguez of Manhattan, Daneek Miller, Danny Dromm and Paul Vallone of Queens and Vinny Gentile of Brooklyn.
Their word is worthless.