City Council members earn $112,000 a year for a part-time job. They also receive bonuses, pension and health care. The City Council is seeking to get a pay raise of 71 percent, which will bring them a salary of $191,500.
Now that more people are informed of this windfall increase, they may seek less or take restrictions and conditions to outside incomes. Yet, the bottom line is that they will still vote themselves a raise. I wish I could do that.
I've been working for the same company for 35 years and have not received a raise in five years. But I understand that because since the recession, business has not been great and we all have to tighten our belts.
I fault no one seeking to better their lives, but not at taxpayer's expense. They should be a shining example and forget about the raise considering how many New York workers are hurting financially.
Let's not forget our Finest in the NYPD who risk their lives everyday protecting all of us and only received a 1 percent raise.
To our City Council members I say, “do the right thing," for we the people can vote you out and bring in those that care about the people.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village