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.
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More Democrat leaders from non-border states are wising up to the immigration crisis our nation faces. Woburn mayor Scott Galvin, of the progressive state of Massachusetts, is hoping that lawmakers will overturn a 40-year-old law because the reality of being “bleeding heart liberals” is resulting in the demise of his town.
The 40-year-old “right-to-shelter” law has got to go, says mayor Galvin, because of the immense strain the thousands of migrant families are putting on the area’s residents. By Friday, there were about 150 families living in the city’s hotels, an “unsustainable” arrangement for his 40,000 constituents.
Galvin told the New York Times the right-to-shelter law, which only exists in Massachusetts, was “passed at a different time, and was not meant to cover what we’re seeing now.”
National Review reports:
Under the 1983 right-to-shelter law, Massachusetts officials are legally required to offer housing to any homeless families seeking shelter in the state. The law now covers a rising influx of migrant families, although individuals are not covered under its provisions.
“We’re going above and beyond, while some communities around us are not being impacted, and we don’t have endless capacity in our schools,” said Galvin. “The benefits that are bestowed on migrants make the state a very attractive destination, and without some changes, this challenge is not going to abate.”
Massachusetts Democrat Governor Maura Healey already declared a state of emergency on August 8th, requesting help from the federal government. On August 31, Healey activated up to 250 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist the more than 6,000 migrant families already in the state’s shelter system.
Approximately 6,300 families are living in emergency shelters and hotels across the state, up roughly 50 percent from the year prior. The cost for such accommodations for all the migrants is approximately $45 million per month, National Review reports.
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