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2006 City Council Stipends

Each New York City Council member makes a base salary of $90,000. However, council members can also earn an additional stipend or "lulu" ranging from $4,000 to $28,500 for serving in various leadership positions or as a chair of a committee. In 2006, the council awarded itself a total of $479,500 in stipends.

One member decided not to take the extra money; Councilmember Tony Avella declined $8,000 for chairing the Zoning and Franchise Committee. Five others members - Letitia James, Andrew Lanza, Melissa Mark Viverito, Darlene Mealy, and Rosie Mendez - do not receive stipends or chair committees.

The following chart is organized by categories "Leadership Positions," "Standing Committees, " "Subcommitees," and "Select Committees" and by the size of the stipend, from the largest to the smallest.

New York City Council members are also the only local elected officials who are allowed to earn outside income from other jobs. See a chart of non-city income earned by council members.

Leadership Positions
Christine C. Quinn $28,500 $118,500
Majority Leader/Health Joel Rivera $23,000 $113,000
Deputy Majority Leader/Consumer Affairs Leroy G. Comrie, Jr. $20,000 $110,000
Minority Leader James S. Oddo $18,000 $108,000
Assistant Majority Leader/General Welfare Bill de Blasio $15,000 $105,000
Assistant Majority Leader/Youth Services Lewis A. Fidler $15,000 $105,000
Majority Whip/Standards and Ethics Inez E. Dickens $11,000 $101,000
Minority Whip Dennis P. Gallagher $5,000 $95,000
Standing Committees
Finance David I. Weprin $18,000 $108,000
Land Use Melinda R. Katz $18,000 $108,000
Housing and Buildings Erik Martin Dilan $10,000 $100,000
Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse & Disability Services G. Oliver Koppell $10,000 $100,000
Women's Issues Helen Sears $10,000 $100,000
Aging Maria del Carmen Arroyo $10,000 $100,000
Civil Rights Larry B. Seabrook $10,000 $100,000
Civil Service and Labor Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Contracts Yvette D. Clarke $10,000 $100,000
Cultural Affairs, Libraries & International Intergroup Relations Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Economic Development Thomas White, Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Education Robert Jackson $10,000 $100,000
Environmental Protection James F. Gennaro $10,000 $100,000
Fire and Criminal Justice Services Miguel Martinez $10,000 $100,000
Governmental Operations Simcha Felder $10,000 $100,000
Higher Education Charles Barron $10,000 $100,000
Immigration Kendall Stewart $10,000 $100,000
Juvenile Justice Sara M. Gonzalez $10,000 $100,000
Lower Manhattan Redevelopment Alan J. Gerson $10,000 $100,000
Oversight and Investigations Eric N. Gioia $10,000 $100,000
Parks and Recreation Helen D. Foster $10,000 $100,000
Public Safety Peter F. Vallone, Jr. $10,000 $100,000
Rules, Privileges and Elections Diana Reyna $10,000 $100,000
Sanitation and Waste Management Michael E. McMahon $10,000 $100,000
Small Business David Yassky $10,000 $100,000
State and Federal Legislation Maria Baez $10,000 $100,000
Technology in Government Gale A. Brewer $10,000 $100,000
Transportation John C. Liu $10,000 $100,000
Veterans Hiram Monserrate $10,000 $100,000
Waterfronts Michael C. Nelson $10,000 $100,000
Landmarks, Public Siting & Maritime Uses (Land Use)
Jessica S. Lappin $4,000 $94,000
Planning Dispositions and Concessions (Land Use) Daniel R. Garodnick $4,000 $94,000
Drug Abuse (Mental Health)
Annabel Palma $4,000 $94,000
Public Housing (Housing and Buildings)
Rosie Mendez $4,000 $94,000
Senior Centers (Aging)
James Vacca $4,000 $94,000
Select Committees
Community Development
Albert Vann $4,000 $94,000
Libraries Vincent J. Gentile $4,000 $94,000

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