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Amedore faces income limit with raise

Dec 08, 2018 12:45 am
Chris Bragg and David Lombardo report for the Albany Times Union that while a committee approved major raises for top state officials this week, there are questions about other new rules, the legality of the pay increases, and the impact on legislators with large amounts of outside income. The specific language from the committee will be made public Dec. 10. The proposal gives lawmakers and other top officials their first raise in 20 years, and also caps outside income for legislators. Locally that effects Republican George Amedore, who earned more as a homebuilder in 2017 than the proposed cap on annual outside income would allow, according to his financial disclosure forms. Eileen Miller, a spokesperson for Amedore, said he opposes the pay increases, but also the income limits, because they would suppress business owners from being represented in the Legislature. "The fear is that it would diminish the quality of the Legislature," Miller said. Meanwhile, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, part of the committee recommending the raises and limits on outside income, said that it was "open to question" whether the committee legally could put a limit on outside income. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.
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