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Hoyt, Peoples-Stokes gain leadership posts

Hoyt crop Buffalo Assemblyman Sam Hoyt (left) lost his committee chairmanship, but gained a leadership title Wednesday in the 150-member house.

Hoyt, who had been chairman of the local government committee, was named Assembly majority whip -- one of 42 leadership or committee chair titles that carry financial stipends, also known as a lulu.

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (right), also a Buffalo Democrat, picked up the title PEOPLES-STOKES crop of secretary of the majority conference.

Although Hoyt loses a committee post, the move brings him an extra $18,000 annual stipend beyond his base salary of $79,500; his local government committee paid him a lulu of $15,000.

The stipend for the post now held by Peoples-Stokes pays $11,000.

The only other Western New York Democrat in the Democratic-controlled Assembly getting a leadership title or committee chairmanship job is Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, a Kenmore Democrat. He keeps the longtime position he has held as economic development committee chairman. 

--Tom Precious

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