Local Assemblyman George Latimer is down $2,385.
He didn't lose it at an Atlantic City card table - he is giving it back to New York State (that's you and me). Sensitive to the crummy economy, Latimer has elected to take a voluntary 3% pay cut.
Latimer announced that, effective April 1 – the start of the 2010-11 budget year – he would take the voluntary cut, reflected in reducing his take-home check each pay period. Latimer receives only the legislative base salary of $79,500 per year; he holds no additional pay (often called "lu-lus") for committee service or any position. He has also stopped any outside work to avoid perceived conflicts of interests. State legislative pay has been frozen since 1999.
Latimer also announced that two positions in his offices – one part-time post based in Mamaroneck, and one full-time post in Albany – would be eliminated. The part-time post elimination leaves two remaining part-time slots in Mamaroneck; the full-time post in Albany reduces his coverage there from 2 to 1 people.
"Families are sitting at the kitchen table, struggling with their bills. I live with that reality personally, too. But elected officials need to prove they 'get it'. Every one of us in office has to show we're willing to make sacrifices, too", Latimer said.
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