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N.Y. Delays Some State Worker Raises Due to Pandemic

The New York State Capitol Building in Albany
Hans Pennink
Some state pay raises will be put off until at least January 1.

Pay raises for 80,000 state government employees in New York have been deferred a third time, according to the Civil Service Employees Association.

The pay bump will be put off until at least January 1. Governor Andrew Cuomo first stalled raises in March, and again in June, due to the pandemic. The association criticized the delays over the weekend. They say many workers have been on the frontline putting themselves at risk for the virus.

Meanwhile, several high-ranking state officials have received pay increases. Cuomo is scheduled to get a $71,000 raise.

Cuomo’s budget team says without additional federal coronavirus relief, the state has tightened spendings, frozen new contacts and hiring, and delayed raises to save more than $4 billion. The efforts were to help offset a $14 billion budget deficit.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.