Senate Republicans are out with their list of committee assignments today — which come with stipends as high as $41,500 for Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and as low as $12,500 for Senate Housing Committee Chair Cathy Young.
Republicans didn’t include any Democrats for committee chairmanships, even though Democrats had named a few Republicans to chair posts last year, including Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, as Energy Committee chairman and the late Sen. Thomas Morahan as chairman of the Mental Health Committee.
And none of the independent caucus members received any chairmanships.
Maziarz is staying as Energy Committee chairman, which comes with a $12,500 stipend. All lawmakers get paid a base salary of $79,500.
Several Republicans are returning to committee chairmanships they held when Republicans were in the majority prior to 2009. Long Island Sen. Kemp Hannon is returning to his long-time post as Health Committee chairman; Sen. James Alesi is returning as Economic Development Committee chairman, which comes with a $12,500 stipend; and Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, is returning as head of the Crime and Corrections Committee, which also comes with a $12,500 stipend.
Some newcomers have committee assignments: Sen. Patty Ritchie of the North Country was named head of the Agriculture Committee, a post held by her Democratic predecessor Darrel Aubertine; Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, a former Air Force officer, was named chairman of the Veterans and Homeland Security Committee, a post once held by his predecessor Sen. Vincent Leibell. Sen. Thomas O’Mara was named chairman of the Elections Committee.
Here’s the full list: