Legislature Pay Raise Idea Not Popular in WNY

August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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August 22, 2012 Updated Aug 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM EDT

WESTERN NEW YORK (WKBW) There's speculation coming out of Albany that the New York State Legislature may consider a pay raise for itself.

Local representatives say they aren't aware of any plans to increase legislator's pay from the current $79,500 per year.

"There really has been no talk among the senators about a pay raise," adds Republican NYS Senator Michael Ranzenhofer from Amherst.

Ranzenhofer says he will not support any proposed pay raise.

"If you're looking for increased pay, or increased compensation, there's nothing wrong with going out and getting a job to supplement your income"

Democrat Assemblyman Michael Kearns is one the newest members of the State Legislature.

"I will vote a resounding no," adds Kearns.

"I think it is unconscionable that we are even talking about this until we get the state fiscal crisis in order."

Other New York State representatives had similar comments:

"While I cannot speak for my colleagues in the Assembly or the Senate, I for one, am not and have not been looking for a pay raise. I also cannot foresee any circumstance in which I would support one. It should be noted that no such measure has been introduced or even discussed in our Assembly Democratic Conference," said Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, D-C-I- Kenmore.

Republican NYS Senator Mark Grisanti issued the following statement:

"I do not support a pay raise for members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, and I will not vote for any proposal that includes a pay increase."

"Over the last two years, we have made a good deal of progress in righting New York's fiscal ship. But much more remains to be done, and this is no time for the Legislature to be feathering its own nest."

"All over New York State, public employees are being asked to forego pay increases. Every family has had to tighten their belt. It would set a terrible example for elected officials not to do the same."