Despite New York state facing a massive multi-billion dollar budget deficit that was made worse due to the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo will be receiving a $25k raise January 1, 2021.
According to the NY Post “Cuomo’s salary will jump from $225,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021 — making him the highest paid governor in the nation.”
Meanwhile the report states “judges and 213 state lawmakers serving in the state Senate and Assembly didn’t get the green light for their own excepted raises, which have to be approved by the Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation which argued the state is too broke to pay up thanks to COVID-19.”
The panel wrote in a new report released Monday evening “we understand the potential for significant budget cuts may be necessary at the state executive level as well if the federal government does not enact additional funding to address the economic hardship caused by COVID-19.”
It continues “substantial additional state monies will be needed to deal with the pandemic, including providing face masks, virus tracking, contact tracing, enforcement efforts, and distribution of the hoped for new pandemic vaccine. Simply put the commissioners’ worst fears as articulated in the 2019 Report – a downturn in the state’s finances coupled with an inability to cover increased salary obligations – has unfortunately come to stark reality in the worst possible way.”
The report concludes “granting raises to public servants, no matter how much they might otherwise deserve them, is simply not possible at this time.”
Yet Cuomo will still get his raise per the NY Post “as only the Democratic-controlled state Legislature has the power to approve or deny via a joint resolution by the state Senate and Assembly. That measure was approved during the spring of 2019.”