- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie says there’s no decision on whether lawmakers will return to Albany for a special session focused on a legislative pay hike.

The Bronx Democrat told reporters Monday that it “remains to be seen” whether the Assembly and Senate will reconvene.

Heastie and other Assembly Democrats gathered in Albany Monday amid discussions between top lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo regarding a possible special session.

Lawmakers make $79,500 and haven’t had a raise in nearly two decades.

If they do return, Cuomo wants lawmakers to consider new ethics rules including term limits. Heastie says Assembly Democrats oppose term limits and won’t subject legislative pay to political horse trading.

Lawmakers must return before Dec. 31 in order for a pay raise to take effect next year.


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