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Cuomo Says Do "The People's Business" Before Pay Raise

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Governor Cuomo says if state lawmakers are looking for a pay raise in a post-election session, they'll have to accomplish some items on his agenda first.

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

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The governor says before state legislators ask him for a pay hike, as is expected once elections are finished, they’ll have to make progress on some unfinished business from the last legislative session first.  
 
Cuomo says he’s seeking action on increasing the minimum wage, reforming New York City’s Stop and Frisk laws, and decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.
 
“The concept of a pay raise is, well, the legislature’s really done a good job,” said Cuomo.
 
But the governor says the lawmakers would then have to “perform well”.
 
“To perform well means, in my book, to do the people’s business,” he said.
 
Cuomo is not ruling out a pay hike. He’s said in the past that his commissioners need a raise. He says the relatively low pay has been a barrier to hiring quality people.

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