Bronx assemblyman Eric Stevenson collected $31,351 in taxpayer-funded per diems – NY Daily News

Earlier this week, the Daily News ranked first-term Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson #1  for claiming $31,351 in legislative per diem and travel payments in 2011.  Members of the state legislature earn a base pay of $79,000.

Freshman Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, who says his district is in “dire straits,”pocketed $31,351 worth of per diems. He insists he’s working hard in Albany and not sunbathing – “even though I wish I could.”

UPDATE: The Daily News followed up with its list of ‘Albany’s Top 10 Per Diem Collectors‘. Number two on the list is AM William Scarborough (D-Queens): $30,006; #3  AM Herman “Denny” Farrell (D-Manhattan): $27,739; #4  Sen. Michael Nozzolio (R-Seneca County): $26,991; #5  AM Earlene Hooper (D-Nassau County): $24,955; #6  AM Carl Heastie (D-Bronx): $24,306; #7  AM Gary Pretlow (D-Westchester County): $23,090; #8  AM Keith Wright (D-Manhattan): $22,484; #9  AM Venessa Gibson (D-Bronx): $21,892; and #10  Sen. Catherine Young (R-Chautauqua County): $21,770.

Last August, Gannett News reported that Stevenson claimed $26,468 in per diem and travel reimbursements from January-July 2011. When questioned, Stevenson told one newspaper that as freshman Member he had to be in Albany more often so he could learn his job.

YNN compiled the following comparison: Michael Benjamin – $11,431 (Jan-Jun 2010); Eric Stevenson – $19,944 (Jan-Jun 2011).

Read more here: Bronx assemblyman Eric Stevenson collected $31,351 in taxpayer-funded per diems – NY Daily News.

Assembly-Senate Per Diems (Jan 1 – June 29 2010/Jan 1- Jun 29 2011) — YNN

Related MichaelBenjamin2012 post – Freshman Bronx state lawmaker earns $26,468 in per diems in 6 months

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2 Responses to Bronx assemblyman Eric Stevenson collected $31,351 in taxpayer-funded per diems – NY Daily News

  1. Assemblyman Eric Stevenson says:

    In the article regarding my hard work for the fight of improving life for the poor and oppressed, I noticed my and five other African American legislators were mentioned. What about the other 100 plus legislators, do they not exist and not get a travel expense. While majority were enjoying the self on vacations, I was putting in long days and hours to see that the poor gets their lives improved.

    I will continue to do God’s work for the people despite what the enemies want to say. If I stayed home they would say I’m not working enough, so, damn if you do, damn if you don’t. I’m one out of 151 members, what about the rest. Are African American legislators the only ones work some look at? It sounds like a plan of elimination of those who want Justice and change for the poor and oppressed.


    • You ought to identify the other legislators on the list whose names you imply were left out because they are white. YNN published a full list of the per diem amounts collected by all 62 senators and 150 assemblymembers in 2010 and 2011.


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