STATEMENT: CM Kallos on New York Times Editorial Board Endorsing City Council Rules for Potential Albany Pay Raises
In 2016, I authored and successfully worked to pass legislation making the City Council a full-time job. We banned stipends referred to as “lulus” and got rid of outside income that exposed Council Members to corruption, or at the very least, its appearance.
Now the New York Times Editorial Board has praised what the Council did and recommended that the New York State Legislature follow suit and “act as responsibly” as the Council did in 2016 when we adopted these measures.
In the coming weeks as Albany and the pay committee discuss the possibility of raising wages for state lawmakers for the first time in 20 years, let us remember that compensation goes hand in hand with trust. The public would be better served if any pay raises that may come were tied to banning outside income and lulus for state lawmakers.