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Pay raises approved for city officials

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Buffalo councilmembers yesterday approved pay raises for themselves, Mayor Brown, Comptroller Barbara Miller-Williams and the school board members. In most cases, they agreed to the recommendations from the Citizens Salary Review Commission.

Here are the recommended pay increases:

-Mayor: $158,500 from $105,000

-Comptroller: $119,500 from $88,412

-Councilmembers: $75,000 from $52,000

-School board members: $15,000 from $5,000

"The wages weren't changed for 20 years. It's good to have them updated for today's conditions, today's work environment," said Councilmember Richard Fontana, who will not realize the pay hike since he is not seeking reelection.

The plan still requires mayoral approval.  If approved, they would take effect starting January 1.

The Review Commission actually recommended school board members double their salaries to $10,000, but Councilmembers approved a bump to $15,000. Councilmember Ulysees Wingo pushed for the greater  increase.
               
"We have more schools and less board members than the municipalities in New York State and our school board members get paid a fraction of what the other school board members are getting paid," Wingo said. 

The $5,000 salary was originally set when the first elected school board took office in 1974.

 

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.