Cuomo Proposes Salary Panel for Public Officials

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday proposed setting up a commission to recommend salary levels for statewide public officials, with lower pay to legislators with outside incomes.

The commission would convene every four years, and would evaluate and make recommendations for compensation for legislators, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and commissioners.

The panel would set one salary for officials who don’t earn outside income and a lower salary for those who do. It would also set a cap on the amount of outside income a legislator could earn, set per diems (how lawmakers bill for days spent in Albany), expense reimbursement and other non-salary benefits.

State legislators haven’t gotten a raise for 15 years. They get a base salary of $79,500 for what’s considered a part-time job.