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Pay raises recommended for top Buffalo officials

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Pay raises recommended for top Buffalo officials

NEXT TONIGHT...AFTER TWO DECADESWITHOUT A RAISE --BUFFALO'S TOP ELECTEDOFFICIALS COULD SOONRECEIVE A MAJOR PAYHIKE.AN INDEPENDENTCOMMISSION ISRECOMMENDING THEMAYOR GET A 53-THOUSAND DOLLARRAISE.7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER ALI TOUHEYIS HERE TO EXPLAIN THESPECIFICS...ASHLEY--ACCORDING TOTHIS 14 PAGEREPORT--THATINDEPENDENTCOMMISSION WANTS TOGIVE A RAISE TO TOPELECTED OFFICIALS FORTHREE MAIN REASONS--FIRST THE POSITIONSHAVEN'T SEEN A RAISE INDECADES.NEXT IT SAYS THERE'SBEEN AN IMPROVED JOBPERFORMANCE BYTHOSE HOLDING THEPOSTSAND FINALLY-- THECOMMISSION SAYSINCREASES WOULDATTRACT AND RETAININGTOP CANDIDATES.THE CITIZENS SALARYREVIEW COMMISSION ISRECOMMENDING RAISESFOR THE MAYOR,COMPTROLLER,COMMON COUNCILMEMBERS AND THEBUFFALO SCHOOLBOARD.THE MAYOR'S SALARYWOULD GO FROM 105THOUSAND TO 158THOUSAND.THE SCHOOL BOARDMEMBERS STIPENDWOULD INCREASE FROM5 THOUSAND TO 10THOUSAND DOLLARS.THAT'S SOMETHINGTHAT HASN'T HAPPENEDSINCE 19-74.SO SHOULD WAGEINCREASES BEREVIEWED MORE OFTENTO AVOID WHAT APPEARSTO BE MAJORINCREASES UNTIL YOUCONSIDER PAST RAISES.NO-- SAYS COMMONCOUNCIL PRESIDENTDARIUS PRIDGEN.PRIDGEN: THIS COUNCILHAS BEEN MORECONCERNED ABOUT THEFINANCES OF OUR CITY,ABOUT MOVING OUR CITYFORWARD FIRST.

ANDTHAT'S WHAT WE DID.PRIDGEN SAYS HE'SWAITING TO HEAR FROMTHE PUBLIC BEFOREFORMING AN OPINION.HOWEVER, HE ISSTRONGLY CONSIDERINGA GREATER INCREASEFOR SCHOOL BOARDMEMBERS.THE PUBLIC WILL HAVE ACHANCE TO WEIGH INDURING A FINANCECOMMITTEE MEETING ONMAY 7.

PER THE CITYCHARTER, THE COUNCILHAS UNTIL JUNE 15 TOAPPROVE, MODIFY ORREJECT THECOMMISSION'SRECOMMENDATIONS.

WEHAVE A COMPLETE LISTOF THE POSITIONS ANDTHE SUGGESTEDSALARIES RIGHT NOWON WKBW-DOT-COM.

ALITOUHEY, 7EWN.




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