Are City Council Members Underpaid at $112,000?

August 3, 2010  |  

(WSJ) — New York’s hard-working legislators deserve a raise.  That’s the argument at the core of an op-ed by City Council member Daniel J. Halloran. The current annual pay for council members starts at $112,000, he reports, but most earn an extra $10,000 or more in so-called “lulus” for leading legislative committee.

Awarding higher salaries to the city’s lawmakers might not be the most popular political cause at time when budget cuts are forcing the closures of senior centers and libraries. But Halloran argues that the level of pay encourages the talented people in council, who are “accustomed to earning more than their council salaries in the private sector,” to moonlight — something that is perfectly legal so long as the outside income is properly disclosed and there are no conflicts of interest:

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