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A “lulu” is a stipend available to New York State legislators for their work in leadership roles, such as committee chairperson. The stipends are in addition to legislator’s $79,500 base pay. Stipends range in value, from $9,000 for a ranking minority member of a committee, up to $41,500 for the temporary president of the Senate. The head of each State legislative body, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the Temporary President of the Senate direct the payment of these stipends. By law, no legislator may receive more than one stipend at a time. Because legislators routinely serve in more than one position that qualifies for a stipend, legislators typically take the higher stipend, leaving the other stipend seemingly unused.

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