City Council Announces Bill to Increase Pay, Reform Position

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Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

William Alatriste for the New York City Council

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

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On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the New York City Council will hold a hearing on legislation outlining salary increases for various city elected officials as well as several good government reforms related to how Council members are compensated. Largely based on the recommendations of an independent commission tasked with outlining the first pay raises since 2006 for the Mayor, City Council members, and other officials, the Council announced the details of its package late Thursday evening.

In one significant departure from the commission’s recommendations, the Council has decided to go even further with its own salary increases. A Council spokesperson said that the addition was being made to account for the fact that Council members would no longer be able to make significant sums of outside income. While the compensation commission called for making the Council member position full-time and instituting a ban on almost all sources of outside income, it did not indicate that it was adding to its salary recommendation based on this change.

Instead of sticking with the commission recommendation of a $138,315 salary for Council members, up from $112,500, the legislation being introduced will outline a salary of $148,500.

What does the Council want to do with the salaries for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough Presidents, and the District Attorneys? Read more here.