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Some members of the New York City Council have floated the idea of bumping their salaries up from $112,500 to $192,500. In return for this 71 percent pay increase, the councilmembers vow to tighten rules governing outside income and the acceptance of stipends for chairing committees. The job of councilmember is officially part-time and carries with it few charter-mandated duties. A salary of more than double the city’s median household seems more than sufficient. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Highest Paid: A raise to $192,500 would make the New York City Council the highest-paid legislative body in the United States, outranking even Congress. Read more

  2. Nothing Doing: Relatively few councilmembers actually make any outside income to begin with so banning them from doing so would have almost no significant effect. Read more

  3. Lulu: The 49 out of 51 councilmembers who chair a committee or occupy “leadership” positions receive stipends “in lieu of expenses” amounting to between $8,000 and $25,000 each. Read more

“It’s the height of hypocrisy for the City Council to seek a raise of this magnitude while New York City police officers are expected to settle for 1%.”

PBA president Pat Lynch

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The Past is Present

The Council’s Confederacy of Dunces By Steven Malanga (Spring 2003)

“What was the New York City Council concerned about in early January of 2002, when a municipal budget crisis loomed, the economy foundered, and downtown residents and workers still struggled to get back to normalcy four months after the terrorist attacks? The art on the walls.”

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