Cuomo won’t accept pay raise

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a coronavirus briefing in the state Capitol in Albany on Wednesday afternoon. Courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he will not accept an upcoming pay raise next year as the state faces an estimated $50 billion budget deficit over two years.

Wednesday’s announcement comes after the state Commission on Legislative, Judicial & Executive Compensation recommended no raises for elected officials for the next four years in a report Monday.

The commission declined to provide raises for state judges last year when the state had a budget deficit of about $6.7 billion.

Cuomo, the highest paid governor in the nation, is scheduled for a salary increase from $225,000 to $250,000 on Jan. 1, 2021. The pay hike was approved in 2019, after 10 years of keeping the governor’s salary flat at $179,000. Cuomo’s salary rose to $200,000 that year, then increased to $225,000 in 2020 and $250,000 the next year. A state committee on pay recommended the raise for the governor, which was approved in the state Senate.

Cuomo said both he and members of his cabinet will not take a raise given the state’s budget deficit, adding Wednesday he will issue an executive order to stop the salary increase.

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