UPDATED 5:15 PM PT – Wednesday, November 18, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) will soon become the highest-paid governor in the nation as a pay raise is set to take effect come January.
The Democrat governor’s pay is going up by $25,000, bumping his salary from $225,000 to $250,000 all during a financial crisis in the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Just one month ago, Cuomo outlined the dire situation New York was seeing itself in due to reduced revenue amid numerous shutdowns in the state.
“New York state is already $50 billion in debt between state and local governments and they have not passed legislation on the state and local relief,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “If the state has a deficit and the local governments have a deficit, we can’t fund essential workers.”
The raise came via a joint resolution approved by the New York State Senate and assembly in the spring of 2019.
The New York governor has frequently railed against the federal government, calling on them for more aid to state and local governments while threatening permanent cuts to health and education budgets. On Tuesday, he raised the issue.
“We don’t dig out of it. We don’t have a shovel big enough to dig out of it, it’s the biggest number in history,” Gov. Cuomo claimed. “We need help from Washington and that’s what Trump wouldn’t do.”
In September, he also blasted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for being wasteful in his city budget that called for furloughs and layoffs for city workers.
Reports say the New York governor will also see a financial boost from the sale of his coming book, but how much he’s expected to make is not yet known.
New York’s lieutenant governor and attorney general are slated to see raises as well.
New York State is expected to see a four-year budget deficit of around $63 billion. On Monday, a state commission noted raises for state judges and lawmakers have been denied. The panel said granting raises to public servants is “simply not possible at this time.”
According to recent reports, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority is considering a proposal to lay off more than 9,000 employees and reduce subway services amid a $12 billion deficit.
The state comptroller, who is also slated to see a raise, said he sees gambling as a potential revenue booster to help with the deficit crisis. New York’s state legislatures stated it hasn’t ruled out an emergency legislative session before 2020 ends and have called on new taxes on the wealthy to help bridge the deficit gap.