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Budget passage creates likely pay increase for lawmakers, Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual salary is set to rise to $250,000 by 2021 after state lawmakers agreed to hike his pay in an overnight vote Monday.

Cuomo’s salary will be $200,000 this year under the resolution approved by the Legislature, an increase over the $179,000 paid to New York’s governors since 1999.

The measure calls for Cuomo’s salary to increase to $225,000 in 2020 and $250,000 in 2021, which would likely make him the highest-paid governor in the nation.

The pay hike was recommended last year by the state Compensation Committee, which also implemented a similar pay hike for lawmakers and state commissioners that took effect Jan. 1.

But lawmakers, angered by the committee limiting their ability to earn stipends and outside pay, had been reluctant to increase Cuomo’s pay, which is set by a legislative resolution in accordance with the state Constitution.

That changed early Monday morning, when lawmakers approved the pay-increase resolution hours after it was first introduced around midnight as part of a package of budget bills.

The Senate approved the measure around 2:45 a.m., while the Assembly did so around 7 a.m.

They wrapped up approving the state budget Monday morning.

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