“Throughout the course of last year, my constituents made the message clear that Albany cannot continue to spend money while also penalizing the local municipalities and taxpayers. With the severe cuts made in this year’s budget, along with the sacrifices we are asking the people of New York to make, I feel I must do my part and give back a percentage of my salary to my Assembly District.
“I pledged that I would work to change the damaged culture of Albany. Part of that change comes today as I continue to commit to give ten percent of my legislative salary back to the district – where it matters the most.
“This is not about a photo opportunity. This is about doing what is right for the people of this great state. Together, we got ourselves into this mess and, together, we can get ourselves out. If everyone does their part, and clearly, the people have been doing their fair share, then I must do mine.
“School districts, local governments, and hospitals across our great state have already taken their own steps toward fiscal responsibility by giving up pay raises to offset funding reductions contained within the state budget. These decisions make it clear that workers across the state deeply care about the work and services they provide, but, even more importantly, care about their job and the jobs of their colleagues. These types of sacrifices will, once again, make New York State the Empire State.”