Will Buffalo's top officials see larger paychecks?

May 7, 2019

Pay raises could be on the way for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, School Board members and other city officials.

Buffalo City Hall
Credit File photo: Chris Caya WBFO News

Recommendations made by the Citizens Salary Review Commission are on Tuesday's agenda for the Common Council's Finance Committee.

It has been 21 years since the last pay hike for the city's top elected officials. Under the recommendations, the mayor's salary would jump by more than 50% to $158,500. Council members' salary would increase by about 45% to $75,000. The Comptroller's pay would go up more than 35% to $119,500. And for the first time since 1974, School Board members would see their stipend double to $10,000.

Paul Wolf, President of the Buffalo-Niagara Coalition for Open Government, says his concern is that the public hearing on the raises is Tuesday at 10 a.m.  
"That's certainly not a convenient time for members of the public to appear and have their thoughts heard. So I hope the Common Council will set an additional date and time preferably in the evening to hear what the public has to say about these raises," Wolf said.  

The Chair of the Finance Committee, Lovejoy District Councilman Rich Fontana, tells WBFO News he expects the salary increases will either be tabled or sent to the full Council without recommendations. The Council would then have until June 15 to approve, modify or reject the pay raises.

If approved, they would take effect January 1, 2020.