Get this, the panel considering pay raises for state officials will not give final advice on the pay raise until November 15th. All 213 legislators’s seats are up for election on November 8th. Guess the incumbents regard the subject as more or less the third rail of political discourse. Most like to sidestep any mention. http://www.thedailystar.com/news/lo...cle_b0805b01-21f3-595b-be76-878f6568f4d6.html Scandals: Former leaders of both houses are now in the federal slam. This year the GOP Senate Leader had to step down. He is doing 5 years on federal corruption charges. This year the Democratic Assembly Speaker had to step down. He is doing 12 years on federal corruption charges. Since the year 2000, more than 30 NYS legislators have left office over ethical or criminal issues. The legislature still has not agreed on a package of comprehensive ethics reforms. They managed to pass a law allowing alcohol to be served earlier on Sundays, though. Baby steps count. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/15/n...runch-but-ethics-reform-hopes-are-fading.html So they haven’t had a pay raise since 1999. They work part time so this job is not their total income if they have half a brain. They get $172 a day for travel when they have to work. They get $9k or so for any committees they serve on, on top of $79k for annual base pay. Committee service is popular. You can serve on more than one. Each year they work six months for 3 days a week max. This year they worked 65 days. http://nyassembly.gov//leg/calendar/ That’s right. 65 days. The panel proposes their base pay rise to 116,900. Not bad for a side gig before the add-ons. They will be the highest paid legislators in the country. Currently, third. The panel will recommend agency heads’ pay to reach $200k from $136k. Governor Cuomo's pay would go from $179k to about $263k. Like many other New Yorkers, I find this news very exciting.