Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz has released the following statement:
“It is a shame to see how the Speaker of the Assembly Carl Heastie and Senate Leader John Flanagan have allowed Governor Andrew Cuomo to take control and make us all look like we are solely interested in giving ourselves a salary increase. Going back to Albany now for a Special Session to increase our salary, makes us look like we are being forced by the Governor to agree to vote for whatever he wants just for our salary increase. It is shameful that our leaders would do this. It makes us look worse than we already are.”
State Senator Diaz Sr. has already made his intention known that he is running for the soon to be term limited position of the 18th City Council seat. The pay for a city council member was raised to $140,000 dollars, far greater than a state legislator's salary of $79,500.