Citizens Panel Considers Raises for Lawmakers

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 12:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The last time Erie County's Citizens Salary Review Commission gave the okay for raises for elected lawmakers was in 2004.

The Legislature turned down the offer.

Ten years later, and 18 years since lawmakers in Erie County got a raise, the commission is back at work again.

"I really believe we can get something together by Sept. 30 so we can put something out to the public," said commissioner chairman Robert Glaser.

"It's been too long since they've had a recommendation. So that's our goal, to make a recommendation and move it forward," he said.

If the commissioner recommends raises, the Erie County Legislature and County Executive would have to approve the measure.

The raises would provide an increase in pay for members of the Legislature, the County Executive, Comptroller, Clerk, District Attorney and Sheriff.