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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proven adept at getting the Legislature to do what he wants, whether it’s a tax cap, ethics reform or same-sex marriage. We’d like his chances with a minimum-wage increase, reform of New York City’s stop-and-frisk laws and decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, too. There’s no need to link them to a legislative pay raise, as he wants to do. The idea of such a raise is very unpopular with New ...

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October 23, 2012
8:24 a.m.

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Is this article satire? You start the article by saying the legislators are overpaid with overly generous benefits to what amounts to a part time job. You then imply that a pay raise would be justified if the Triborough Amendment is repealed.

So you have no problem rewarding upper income legislators if they destroy the bargaining rights of middle class workers?

The Schenectady Gazette prides itself on being the only locally owned newspaper in the Capital region, but after reading this article, perhaps you should consider moving to Wisconsin. Scott Walker would love your anti-middle class, anti-union viewpoints.

October 24, 2012
8 p.m.

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Our legislators deserve NO RAISE!

Every few years, they come to us asking ... no, BEGGING to "work for us", all the while knowing darn well what the pay is. They make careers of the duty and privilege that our founders designed to be only temporary and almost-volunteer duty to the citizens.

I would say to give them all the perks of an E-5 enlisted person; but with no pensions. Give them taxpayer-funded barracks and a mess hall and take away their per diem.

Most of their "work" has become self-serving, instead of public service. They all know where the door is: use it!