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Hochul defends big salary increase

Hochul's pay will jump from $190,000 this year to $220,000 by the year 2021.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was in Western New York Thursday and 2 On Your Side asked her about the recently approved pay raise for her and the Governor.

Governor Cuomo's salary will increase from $200,000 this year to $250,000 by the year 2021.

While Hochul's pay will jump from $190,000 this year to $220,000 by the year 2021.

"The executive branch, which I'm part of, had nothing to do with this. An independent commission studied this, analyzed the length of time between pay increases and what the salaries are elsewhere, and came up with these recommendations," said Hochul.

An earlier comment by Hochul said the resolution was enacted as part of the budget.  However, a representative from her office contacted us to say the Lt. Governor misspoke and that a resolution was passed by both houses, separate from the budget, which approved the pay raises.

By the year 2021, Hochul will become a Lieutenant Governor paid higher than most, if not all, Governors nationwide.


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