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Buffalo's elected officials will get their raises

Buffalo's elected officials are getting pay raises beginning Jan. 1, with School Board members getting a bigger raise than recommended by the Citizens Salary Review Commission.

The Common Council on Tuesday approved the commission's recommendations calling for the following new annual salaries:

• Mayor: $158,500, up from $105,000

• Comptroller: $119,500, up from $88,412

• Council members: $75,000, up from $52,000

For the nine Board of Education members, the commission recommended an annual stipend of $10,000, up from $5,000. But the Council increased the amount to $15,000, which was less than the $20,000 that School Board Member Sharon Belton-Cottman suggested and the $25,000 proposed by Masten Council Member Ulysees O. Wingo during a Council committee meeting last week.

The salary increases for mayor, comptroller and Council members are included in the 2019-20 proposed city budget. Stipend increases for School Board members will come out of the school district's budget.

It's the first salary increases for the mayor, nine Council members and comptroller since 1998. The $5,000 stipend for Board of Education members had not increased since 1974.

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