Maziarz’s LuLu

31 Jan

Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane) is a vocal opponent of out-of-control state spending. He has served in the senate since 1995.

Last week, the new Republican senate majority appointed him its President Pro Tempore. With it comes an extra $34,000 in his annual paycheck of $79,500 – a benefit referred to in Albany as a “lulu“.

Often referred to as “lulus,” the list of monetary perks for legislators is ridiculously long. They’re all spelled out in the state’s Legislative Law, Article 2, Section 5(a). In the Senate, there are nearly 90 stipends listed totaling almost $1.3 million annually. The Assembly has almost 110 posts paying out a collective $1.5 million.

Will Senator Maziarz remain consistent with his opposition to state spending and reject the extra pay for a largely ceremonial post? I’ll let you know if and when he responds.

13 Responses to “Maziarz’s LuLu”

  1. Tom Dolina January 31, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    No, but he’s willing to make up for the difference by supporting Kevin Gaughan and reducing the size of the Senate. The savings will more than cover his raise…

  2. Jesse January 31, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    One hopes he’s be consistent in this instance.

    It’s basically impossible for a human to be 100% consistent in all his views/actions. It’s unfortunate that every instance of a change is met by “flip-flop!” or similar criticisms. But this is an easy one.

    Alan, can you post your message to him? I’m curious of your tone – since that might very well make a difference in the likelihood of his responding.

  3. Fat Tony January 31, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    This is a non-issue…the position pays what the position pays. Now, if he takes the leadership lulu and the stipend for being Chair of Energy…..that would be something to complain about. But I don’t think that’s the case.

    • Alan Bedenko January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am #

      Practicing what you preach is a “non-issue”?

  4. Leo Wilson January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Practicing what he preaches isn’t an act of martyrdom. It’s an act of reform. When he has the clout to change the lulus for everyone and doesn’t do it, that’s an issue. Until then, dealing with the laws that are in place is being pragmatic. Do away with the lulus… not refuse to take them, get them out of our government system.

  5. RaChaCha January 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    “Count me in favor of reversing lulus — i.e., ululation,” Tom mot’d, palindromically.

  6. lulu January 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    Please know my screen name is simply a nick name and has nothing to do with all this lulu hubbub. Cheers.

  7. Hank January 31, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Jobs should pay what is set by the lawmakers to pay. Why include a stipend? If a legislative leadership role pays more, and you get that position, that’s what you get. Our Federal and NYS legislatures should go back to the way they operated in the early 18th Century. Convene the Congress, get the budget done, and GET THE HELL OUT OF TOWN after a 90 day session for 6 months. Legislators went back to their farms or other trades. If just the Stipends add up to 1.5 Mil, imagine what just the payroll for the Lawmakers is?

  8. Tom Dolina January 31, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Sorry, lulu; perhaps they can be called “doozeys”?!

  9. Rhineaux February 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    And all this from the guy who wears his role in the Senate coup as a badge of honor. C’mon the guy is tight with Steve Pigeon for God’s sake. He’s scummy.


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