Should elected officials get pay raises?

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Erie County residents can vote in an online poll about elected officials’ salaries. The majority caucus is asking for input on the recent recommendations to raise the salaries of some elected officials.

The Citizens Salary Review Commission recommended the following increases: county executive – $103,248 to $126,400, a 22 percent increase; sheriff – $79,092 to $102,400, a 29 percent increase; comptroller – $80,613 to $98,750, a 22 percent increase; and the clerk – $79,092 to $91,800, a 16 percent increase.

Some elected leaders in Erie County haven’t had a raise in nearly 20 years and the commission was put together to review salaries to see if taxpayers should increase the pay for some officials.

You can vote on Erie County’s website, click here to go to the poll.

The legislature is holding a public hearing on October 30th, at 5:30 p.m. in Old County Hall. Residents can also submit their comments to the Clerk of the Legislature at 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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