Gov. Cuomo’s 25k raise will make him the highest paid governor

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will receive a $25,000 pay raise in 2021, despite the state’s $63 billion deficit as a result of revenue losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Post is reporting.

This will make him the highest paid governor in the nation.

According to a report released by The Commission on Legislative, Judicial and Executive Compensation, judges and lawmakers in the state Senate and Assembly will not be receiving raises due to losses from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Granting raises to public servants is simply not possible at this time,” the commission wrote in the report.

The commission’s decision does not affect Cuomo’s raise, which was approved last year under a joint resolution by the state Senate and Assembly. 

Cuomo will also be receiving additional income this year from his memoir, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was released on Oct. 13.

According to Cuomo, a portion of the sales will go to a coronavirus-related charity.

According to The Times Union of Albany, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics has been reviewing the approval the agency gave to Cuomo’s book deal.

Commissioner Gary Lavine, a Senate Republican appointee, has questioned whether Cuomo’s commissioners, JCOPE Chairman Michael Rozen and Horwitz, are aware of certain outside income requests, while other commissioners were being left in the dark.

It’s not clear whether the commissioners were aware of Cuomo’s book approval before the publishing deal was announced in August.

New York’s Department of Budget has predicted that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause a $60.5 billion loss through fiscal year 2024.