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Cuomo, lawmakers eye special session on legislative pay hike

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 21:21:54-05

New York lawmakers could be returning to Albany for a special session focused on a legislative pay hike.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday night that he and top lawmakers are discussing convening a session before year's end. Cuomo said that while lawmakers want a raise, he wants them to consider government ethics reforms and funding for a new hate crimes task force.

Lawmakers now make $79,500 and haven't had a raise in nearly two decades. A state commission recently balked at authorizing an increase. Lawmakers have until the end of the year to vote to give the commission more time to reconsider.

Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie confirmed Wednesday that discussions are underway. But he says the Assembly won't pass Cuomo's proposals just to secure a raise.