Lew's Lessening Luv of Lulus
One of the perks of being the Council Speaker is that you get to decide who gets what. Who gets to chair which committees, who gets to sit in the front row of the Council chambers (in camera view), who gets extra room in their budget for more staff, etc. But perhaps the most ridiculed dispersal the Speaker can make is the salary stipend known in NYC polispeak as a "lulu". The lulu is paid above and beyond the $90,000 salary afforded to each Council Member, and is supposedly based on the committee one chairs.
So let's see how each of the Speaker candidates fared financially over the past 4 years.
Bill de Blasio received an additional $40,000 ($10k/year) as Chair of the Committee on General Welfare
Christine Quinn received an additional $60,000 ($15k/year) as Chair of the Committee on Health
David Weprin received an additional $72,000 ($18k/year) as Chair of the Committee on Finance
Joel Rivera received an additional $84,000 ($21k/year) for his dual role of Majority Leader and Chair of the Committee on State and Federal Legislation
Leroy Comrie received an additional $72,000 ($18k/year) for his dual role as Majority Whip and Chair of the Committee on Rules, privilege and Elections
Melinda Katz received an additional $72,000 ($18k/year) as Chair of the Committee on Land Use
And then there's Lew Fidler who started off receiving $10k/year but over time reduced his take to $8,250/year, putting him at $36,500 for the past 4 years of service as Chair of the Committee on Youth.
Was tax-payer guilt creeping up on Lew? We invite Council Member Fidler to explain...