- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council has voted itself a 32 percent pay raise.

Legislation passed Friday hikes council members’ salaries from $112,500 to $148,500.

An independent body known as the Quadrennial Commission had recommended raising many city lawmakers’ salaries. However, the figure it had in mind was $10,000 less than the amount approved by the council.

The raises come with major reforms, including strict limits on outside income.

Good government groups have criticized the raise, which takes effect immediately. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito defended the process, saying the council was simply following the commission’s lead.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not accept a raise this term. He makes $225,000.

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