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Assemblyman Gabryszak: Legislation Would Prohibit Most Bonuses for Employees of Public Authorities
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Assemblyman Gabryszak: Legislation Would Prohibit Most Bonuses for Employees of Public Authorities

Government authorities should be open and honest about what they are doing and how they are spending taxpayer dollars. This session, I authored a bill that passed the Assembly requiring the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) to submit an annual report to the governor, the comptroller and the fiscal committees of the Legislature (A.4250-A). It would establish a more standardized and thorough report of the utility’s finances, keeping NYPA’s business reporting practices in line with those of utility companies.

By knowing what authorities like NYPA are doing with our money, we can keep a closer eye on spending and work toward a more cost-efficient system.
To take this measure a step further, I also authored legislation to crack down on authorities by prohibiting bonuses to employees and board members of state authorities (A.353-C). Both measures passed the Assembly, but await the Senate’s and the governor’s approval. A 2009 report showed 2,911 employees of public authorities received a total of $6.7 million in bonuses.1 Here is a closer look at the report:

  • Erie County Medical Center Corporation: 40 percent of staff received a bonus, which added up to $ 4,493,206 worth of bonuses. The average salary of the employees being paid a bonus was $51,367.2
  • Erie County Industrial Development Agency: 72.2 percent of staff received a bonus, which added up to $47,471 worth of bonuses. The average salary of the employees being paid a bonus was $68,785;
  • Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation: 50 percent of staff received a bonus, which added up to $7,475 worth of bonuses. The average salary of the employees being paid a bonus was $50,914; and
  • Western New York is gaining its economical strength back, but it is irresponsible for bonuses to be given out while we are still rebuilding. Government must learn to live lean, the way most families in our area do. By knowing what authorities like NYPA are doing with our money and by controlling bonuses to public authorities, we can put an end to unnecessary spending.

1 http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2010/07/09/report-public-authorities-pai...
2 www.abo.state.ny.us/reports/annualreports/staffbonuspayments.pdf
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