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People to Albany – Hold The Pay Raise Please – You Are Not That Good

Pay for Performance – The act of compensating an individual or a company based upon their performance in the job and or tasks given. The better the performance, the more they can be paid, the worse the performance the less they get paid.

Albany score board:
Higher taxes
Attack on businesses
High unemployment
Theft, Graft & Non Disclosure
No Accountability
Protecting their own at the expense of the people they serve

Do you really feel our government deserves a pay raise? Do you feel they are doing a good job? Do you really beleive you are going to be better off in a year or at the least have a job?

I suggest they stop embarrassing themselves and not even think of a pay raise with the state of the economy and perhaps consider a pay decrease – yes a decrease for a job horribly done. They will keep taking advantage of us if we keep acting like sheeple!


	Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants a hike in the minimum pay before lawmakers get a wage increase.

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Battle over decriminalizing marijuana is also on Gov. Cuomo’s agenda.

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo has a message for state legislators: You want a pay raise? First, take care of the little people.

Though lawmakers have been clamoring for their first hike since 1999, Cuomo vowed Tuesday to block any salary increase until “the people’s agenda” is resolved.

“I would not even consider — even consider a pay raise — unless the people’s business was being done in a thorough, responsible way,” Cuomo told reporters.

Included in that agenda, he said, are a minimum wage hike and Cuomo’s proposal to decrminalize small-scale marijuana possession.

The Legislature is in recess until January but speculation has swirled around the Capitol that the Assembly and Senate will reconvene after Election Day to give themselves a raise.

Cuomo, who has argued that state agency heads also deserve more pay, said the priority should be on other matters.

“If there is an opportunity for the Legislature to act, I’m going to be looking for them to act on the people’s agenda,” Cuomo said. “I understand they may have an interest in a pay raise. I’m interested in a people’s agenda and that’s what the session would be about.”

Cuomo supports a raise in the minimum wage but has not specified how big an increase he wants.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has sponsored legislation to boost the wage from $7.25 to $8.50 and link future increases to inflation. Silver also supports pay raises for lawmakers.

“We thank the governor for focusing on important issues like raising the minimum wage, which has been a top priority for Assembly Democrats and should be a part of any special session later this year,” said Silver spokesman Michael Whyland.

Cuomo says his marijuana proposal would correct an inconsistency in state law that deems the possession of 25 grams or less of pot as a violation but the public display of weed as a misdemeanor. The problem, he has said, has been exacerbated by the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics.

The GOP-controlled Senate balked at both the pot bill and the minimum wage hike, refusing to pass either.

Scott Reif, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County) shrugged off Cuomo’s comments Tuesday.

“Sen. Skelos and the governor have not discussed any issues related to a potential special session,” Reif said.

Gov. Cuomo said he will “not even consider” a pay raise for the Legislature unless lawmakers agree to:  Increase the state minimum wage to $8.50.


Perhaps it goes without saying it has been a bad week for the state Legislature, but there could be a silver lining for taxpayers: The recent torrent of lawmakers’ alleged and wrongful conduct just might be enough to deny them an expected post-election pay grab.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who spent part of the week fielding questions about a hush-hush, six-figure settlement paid to settle sexual harassment claims against an Assembly Democrat, and still more time addressing freshly minted corruption charges against a Democratic senator from Queens, took the wind out of any pay-raise talk for lawmakers, whose base $79,500 salary has been unchanged for more than a decade.

“I think it makes it harder to communicate that and convince the general public,” Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters, as reported by the Daily News. The support of the popular Democratic governor would be key to pushing through any raise; top executive branch officials have gone without raises for as long. Cuomo noted that most polls show the public has been unsympathetic to the lawmakers’ plight, opposing any increase; no doubt that disdain has been solidified by recent events.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, roundly criticized for his handling of the sexual harassment claims brought by Lopez staffers, called it a mistake Tuesday to authorize, as he did 2 1/2 months ago, payment of a secret, $103,080 settlement of claims against Assembly member Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn.

Silver said the decision to settle the claims without public disclosure was the “wrong one from the perspective of transparency”; on Wednesday he took matters a bit further, saying the Assembly has written to counsel “in any previous settlement” asking to be released from “any confidentiality clauses that may exist.” Cuomo, for his part, said the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics should “get the facts” on the allegations against Lopez, who has denied any wrongdoing.

In an unrelated embarrassment, state Sen. Shirley Huntley, D-Queens, was arrested Monday on felony charges of falsifying business documents, conspiracy and tampering with an Attorney General’s Office investigation into the finances of a nonprofit she founded. In a partnership with state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman investigated Huntley’s nonprofit Parent Workshop Inc., ultimately alleging that the charity funneled nearly $30,000 of public money to the senator’s aide and to a niece.