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Suit seeks to block pay hike for NY governor

New York State Capitol in Albany
New York State Capitol in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A conservative good government group is suing to block a pay hike that would place Gov. Andrew Cuomo among the nation's highest paid governors.

Cuomo's salary is set to jump from $200,000 this year to $225,000 in January and $250,000 in 2021. That's compared to the $179,000 salary the Democratic governor had when he took office in January following his 2018 re-election.

The Government Justice Center is seeking a court order to prevent the pay hike in a lawsuit filed in state court this month against Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

The nonprofit claims the state's constitution prohibits changing a governor or lieutenant governor's compensation during their term.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.