Amedore has top outside pay in NY Legislature

State Sen. George Amedore had the highest outside income of New York senators and Assembly members who were re-elected in November, according to a report this week by Common Cause New York looking at the potential impact of new restrictions on lawmakers’ private-sector income.

Amedore, a Rotterdam Republican whose district includes the City of Kingston and eight Ulster County towns, reported an income range of $575,000 to $800,000 from his home-building business in his 2017 financial disclosure form, according to the report. That put him well ahead of most of the other top 10 earners, most of whom were lawyers and insurance brokers. They, in turn, were a small subset of the 175 returning lawmakers: only 59 had any outside income at all, and more than half of those made less than $50,000 in the private sector.

A appointed panel that awarded lawmakers huge raises last year also restricted what they could earn outside the Legislature, in an effort that Common Cause supported to quash potential conflicts of interest. Starting next year, lawmakers can’t earn any income from jobs that involve a “fiduciary relationship,” and can earn no more than 15 percent of their legislative salary for other types of work.

That will force Amedore to either divest himself of his construction business or surrender the Senate seat he has held since 2013 – unless the pay-raise panel’s decisions are overturned by a pending lawsuit. He’s the only lawmaker out of 10 senators and Assembly members representing Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties who would face that predicament.

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