Niagara Falls City Council rejects pay cuts for elected officials

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — Some city leaders in Niagara Falls wanted their colleagues to give themselves a pay cut Wednesday night.

The city is desperately trying to find a way to save money. For 2019, Niagara Falls is looking at a $91 million budget.

Newly elected councilman Chris Voccio proposed a 10 percent pay cut for all five city council members and the mayor.

The pay cut would have saved up to $14,000 and it would have reduced the city budget by five percent.

Wednesday, City Council members voted down the measure 3 to 2.

Chairperson Andy Touma told News 4 he doesn’t believe elected officials should have a reduction in pay right now. Touma says the council needs to work closely with unions and department heads to find other necessary cuts.

“We don’t want to compromise the positions with a cut when we have to factor in the job that we do, we have to factor in the future council members and mayor’s down the road. All of those things have to be considered, but certainly we know the job, I’ve been on the job for four years, i’ve never asked for a pay raise because of our situation,” said Touma.

Councilman Kenny Tompkins was one of two members who voted in favor of the pay cuts.

“It’s not a matter that it’s a lot of money, you’re only talking $13-14,000 dollars total, but it’s a matter of showing, lets lead by example, how can we ask the others to sacrifice something if we’re not willing to sacrifice ourselves,” said Tompkins. 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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