Seems like belt-tightening is for other branches of state government -- certainly not the Assembly.
Nearly two-thirds of the Assembly's sprawling bureaucracy got hush-hush pay raises at the first of the year, the Empire Center on New York State Policy has found.
Sixty-three percent got raises, most of them 3 percent. But some -- 14 percent of the staff -- got raises of 4 percent or more.
The center found "pay raises disproportionately went to higher-paid Assembly employees."
All this at a time when state employees working for the executive branch are being asked to forgo a scheduled 3 percent pay raise or face layoffs.
I could say more, but I don't think any commentary is necessary. These facts speak for themselves.