The City Council voted 3-2 Wednesday against a proposal to cut the mayor's pay from $78,000 a year to $70,200 after the 2019 election.
Mayor Paul A. Dyster said he would have vetoed the cut if it had passed.
Councilman William Kennedy II, a Democrat who co-sponsored the measure, changed his mind and voted no, along with Democrats Andrew P. Touma and Councilman Ezra P. Scott Jr.
Kennedy, who said he agreed to a pay cut package for the Council and administration instead of separate reductions, said he would like to revisit the issue at a later date.
Republican Councilmen Christopher P. Voccio and Kenneth M. Tompkins voted for the cut.
Their proposal to cut Council members' $12,000 annual pay, by 10 percent, also failed on a party-line vote.