Republican senators selected to leadership roles are reaping the benefits of additional stipends thanks to being back in the Senate majority, Gannett’s Jacob Fischler reports.
Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, was named the deputy majority leader, taking over for Democratic Sen. Jeff Klein of the Bronx. With Libous’ new position, he receives a yearly stipend $34,000 on top of his regular annual salary of $79,500. Last year Libous received a $20,500 stipend as the Senate’s deputy minority leader.
Another big promotion announced today went to Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, who went from assistant minority whip, pulling in an extra $13,000, to vice chairman of the majority conference making $22,000.
One of the largest salary boosts goes to Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, who took over for Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, as the vice president pro tempore of the senate. Maziarz will get an annual stipend of $34,000. Last year he got $12,500 as the chairman of Senate Energy Committee, which he is still chairing.
The Senate majority selects the committee assignments, but the stipends are set in state statute.
Sen. Michael Nozzolio, R-Fayette, Seneca County, is now the secretary of the majority conference. His new annual stipend is $22,000, up from $11,000 last year for serving on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In total, committee stipends for senators add up to just over $1 million for Democrats and Republicans.
The stipends range from the highest for the Temporary President Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, at $41,500 to the lowest of $9,000 for the ranking member of the Senate environmental committee.
Here’s the list of the Republican leadership.