The Legislature spent $102 million during the six-month period that ended in March, according to data now posted on SeeThroughNY, a website sponsored by the fiscal conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy. With the latest spending reports from the Senate and Assembly, SeeThroughNY now has this data going back to 2006.
The highest spending members of the Senate and Assembly were Sen. Kenneth LaValle, R-Suffolk County, at $510,598 and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, D-Manhattan, at $488,359.
Visitors to the website can sort expenditures by reporting period, expenditure type and member name. They can also break out spending for individual units of the Legislature’s central staff.
The site also includes information about payrolls for all state employees, the judiciary, public authorities, counties, towns, cities, villages, school districts, special districts and New York City. It has information about state and local pensions, labor and vendor contracts, and legislative “pork-barrel” spending.
These are some of the six-month expenditures for local lawmakers:
Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers $324,439
Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, D-Greenburgh $161,742
Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun, R-Washingtonville $165,832
Assemblyman Robert Castelli, R-Goldens Bridge, $150,256
Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, D-Ossining $170,379
Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson $450,497
Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern $159,113
Sen. Jeff Klein, D-Bronx $388,075
Sen. William Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson, $476,540
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Scarsdale $227,632
Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie $362,659
Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, D-Yonkers $10 (elected in special election, March 2012)