Report Urges Limits on Lawmakers’ Outside Income


Most state lawmakers in New York make little or no money from outside jobs, but the state needs tight restrictions on the income of those who do, according to a report released Monday from a group of government watchdog groups.

“New York is in its own Watergate moment right now,” said Blair Horner of New York Public Interest Research Group. More than two-thirds of the state’s 213 lawmakers report less than $20,000 in outside income, while 21 made $100,000 or more.

The report recommends capping outside income at 15 percent of the legislative salary, or $12,000 based on the current salary of $79,500. Greater disclosure is a key part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ethics overhaul.

“There is an inherent conflict: You’re a public official half the time, half the time you’re a private lawyer; there’s no disclosure of your income in terms of clients,” Cuomo said Monday. “That conflict has sent many, many people to jail. … You have to resolve that conflict.”

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