To The Republicans Goes The Stipends

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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.

LEADERSHIP LIST 2011

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  1. 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
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    Malcolm Smith was not vice president pro tempore; David Valesky was.

  2. It is nice to see the spoils going to the”Victors”, but they need to cut the Senate Budget by 25% or more.

    If they do not cut the budget in 2012 there will be no spoils to enjoy.

    Before there was the “Oracle at Delphi” there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

    VJ Machiavelli

  3. Right Said Fred on

    So, Tea Partiers, you have banished the evil Democrats who mismanaged the Senate for 2 years and put back in place the ones who mismanaged the Senate for 40 years. You thought they were for “reform” after two years in the wlderness? No – it’s always been about the Benjamins.