- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is accepting a panel’s recommendations that city elected officials should get raises in exchange for a ban on outside jobs.

De Blasio sent a letter to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Wednesday formally accepting the recommendations of the independent Quadrennial Commission.

The three-person panel recommended a $25,815 raise for City Council members, which would raise their pay to $138,000 a year.

The commission also recommended banning most outside employment for Council members in order to prevent conflicts of interest.

De Blasio’s salary would rise by more than $33,000 to $258,750 under the recommendations. But de Blasio has said he will not accept a raise this term.

The Council must now vote on the raises.

De Blasio and Mark-Viverito are both Democrats.

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