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Legislators want more pay. Despite the last few years of turmoil and scandal in Albany legislative pay raises is a hot topic â€” one that may come up in a special session following the elections.
The question has also come up as an issue of debate in races for state office, including the one for the 15th State Senate District.
So what do Democratic Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and his challenger Council Eric Ulrich think of legislative payraises? Glad you asked.
Ulrich told Gotham Gazette last week that he doesn't support raises for legislators. "If they want them they should go to the voters for a referendum," he said.
And Addabbo told Juniper Berry this:
"We don't right now. We have larger issues to deal with than legislative pay raises, which as of now is a mere rumor. There's not one single piece of legislation that proposed a legislative pay raise. Legislative pay raises are certainly not on my radar screen right now."
Fore more on the race between Addabbo and Ulrich, check out our feature on the race.
Image of Sen. Joseph Addabbo provided by Addabbo for Senate.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette