The Governor, in a ploy designed to put lawmakers on the spot, says they should speak out before the election on the proposal for legislative pay. The pay commission recommends state legislators make $113K, the first change since 1999.
No one will take the Governor's bait except those in automatic reelection seats. They all want the higher pay, as do those running for the job even though they will have to say otherwise while campaigning.
That would be an interesting gotcha question of the three now in the GOP primary for the 116th. I am sure they have anticipated that and have an answer.
In fairness, it's a demanding job, especially in districts that are sprawling and require travel, voters already decide on judgeships and DA's which involve far more pay.
But it's always a headline easily jumped on, so it is again this year, where a commission is being used to advance the matter.
It's tough epecially in NYC where an Assembly seat is peanuts compared to the fifty City Council seats that pay $162K each.