April 05, 2018 04:07 AM
Special checks for New York State Senators are scheduled to go out this week, but five State Senators won’t be getting paid.
Last week, News10NBC told you about seven State Senators, whose stipend payments were flagged by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.
Comptroller’s Office employees said that there were concerns that some State Senators are being paid for committee jobs that they were not actually doing.
News10NBC learned on Wednesday that Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli will pay two of the State Senators in question.
However, DiNapoli is withholding payment for the remaining five, including Rochester area State Senator Pat Gallivan.
The move is welcomed by good government groups.
“From our view, from a taxpayer perspective, the money should be going to the person that is doing the work,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “In the case of the committee, it’s the committee chair that does the work to run the committee. They’re the ones that should be eligible for the stipend and not anyone else.”
News10NBC also learned that late last week, State Senators Diane Savino and Jose Peralta both requested that DiNapoli hold their payment until a decision is made about their legality.
Created: April 05, 2018 04:07 AM
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