Report Urges Limits on Lawmakers’ Outside Income

ALBANY (AP) —

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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