GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002: City Council JUMP TO YOUR DISTRICT
 
 

2002 Salaries And Stipends For The City Council

Apparently, a $90,000 base salary is not enough for the job of New York City Council member. The council recently awarded itself $457,500 in bonuses or "lulus" for those who serve as committee chairs or in various leadership positions.

Twenty-three-year-old Bronx representative Joel Rivera received a $21,000 bonus for his new role as Majority Leader, bringing has annual salary to $111,000 a year. That's not bad considering Rivera has less than a year of experience in the council and his new title carries no real responsibilities other than, as the rules state, "appointing party officers as he deems appropriate."

The nearly half a million dollars in bonuses would have been enough to provide 445 students with summer jobs. Yet, Speaker Gifford Miller praised the council for the "lulu's," because they trimmed $18,000 or 4% from the amount given last year. Miller himself took a $10,000 pay cut to "set an example that the new council will be in tune with the challenges that New York City is facing." However, only one other City Council member followed his example. East Side Councilmember Eva Moskowitz declined a $10,000 stipend for chairing the Education Committee.

POSITION MEMBER STIPEND TOTAL SALARY
Speaker A. Gifford Miller $29,500 $119,500
Majority Leader Joel Rivera $21,000 $111,000
Deputy Majority Leader/Governemnt Operations Bill Perkins $20,000 $110,000
Majority Whip/Rules, Privileges & Elections Leroy Comrie $18,000 $108,000
Minority Leader James Oddo $18,000 $108,000
Minority Whip Martin Golden $ 5,000 $ 95,000
Finance David Weprin $18,000 $108,000
Land Use Melinda Katz $18,000 $108,000
Housing and Buildings Madeline Provenzano $15,000 $105,000
Health Christine Quinn $15,000 $105,000
Consumer Affairs Philip Reed $15,000 $105,000
Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services Margarita Lopez $15,000 $105,000
Women's Issues Tracy Boyland $15,000 $105,000
Environmental Protection James Gennaro $10,000 $100,000
General Welfare Bill DeBlasio $10,000 $100,000
Parks and Recreation Joseph Addobbo Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Economic Development James Sanders $10,000 $100,000
Public Safety Peter Vallone Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Transportation John Liu $10,000 $100,000
Aging Ruben Diaz $10,000 $100,000
Youth Services Lewis Fidler $10,000 $100,000
Contracts Robert Jackson $10,000 $100,000
Sanitation and Waste Management Michael McMahon $10,000 $100,000
Civil Service and Labor Allan Jennings $10,000 $100,000
Standards and Ethics Helen Sears $10,000 $100,000
Higher Education Charles Barron $10,000 $100,000
Fire and Criminal Justice Yvette Clarke $10,000 $100,000
State and Federal Legislation Maria Baez $10,000 $100,000
Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations Jose Serrano $10,000 $100,000
Oversight and Investigations Eric Gioia $10,000 $100,000
Subcommittees
Revenue and Forecasting Angel Rodriguez $10,000 $100,000
Zoning and Franchises Tony Avella $8,000 $ 98,000
Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses Simcha Felder $8,000 $ 98,000
Planning Dispositions and Concessions Miguel Martinez $8,000 $ 98,000
Senior Centers Michael Nelson $7,000 $ 97,000
Juvenile Justice James Davis $4,000 $ 94,000
Small Business, Retail and Emerging Industries Domenic Recchia $4,000 $ 94,000
Crime and Substance Abuse Hiram Monserrate $4,000 $ 94,000
Select Committees
Waterfronts David Yassky $4,000 $ 94,000
Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Alan Gerson $4,000 $ 94,000
Technology in Government Gale Brewer $4,000 $ 94,000