New York 1 News
January 14, 2016

Push for Raises for City Officials Gets de Blasio Nod of Approval — But with a Caveat

City officials — excluding Mayor Bill de Blasio himself — are one step closer to getting pay raises after the mayor backed a plan Wednesday night from a commission that he appointed to study the issue.

The recommendations included raising the pay for city council members and de Blasio by 23 and 15 percent, respectively.

The mayor said the recommendations are "thoughtful and well-reasoned," but he personally will not accept any raise during his current term in office.

De Blasio also gave his approval to a list of connected reforms for city lawmakers, which include major restrictions on outside employment.

The City Council can now act on the recommendations, which could include passing legislation with changes. Council representatives said they are reviewing the matter.

City elected officials have not received raises since 2006.