Nassau legislator wants $32K raise

A Nassau County legislator is pitching a plan to give himself and some colleagues a raise at a time when the county is trying to cut its budget.

Republican Leg. Peter Schmitt proposed that his salary increase to $99,500, a $32,000 raise from what his predecessor made.

Schmitt, the legislature's presiding officer, wants to give raises to the minority leader and deputy presiding officer as well.

"I'm here every day," Schmitt says. "And if I'm going to be here every day then I'm going to be compensated for it. That's the beginning and the end of it."

Schmitt says the increases would come out of the legislature's portion of the budget, and won't have any impact on taxpayers.

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