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The Common Council has approved big salary increases for city elected officials, including themselves. An attorney and transparency advocate questions the legality of the process.
The Buffalo Common Council approved on Tuesday the recommended pay raises for elected officials in the city, giving themselves, the mayor and others 12.63% increases.
Not so fast, says a couple of Buffalo residents and a government transparency watchdog group who argue the pay raises were illegally adopted and are asking Erie County State Supreme Court to stop them.
Paul is the founder of the NY Coalition For Open Government and has truly loved seeing it become what it is today and is excited about its future growth.
As an attorney for 32 years, he is a partner in the law firm of Berzer & Wolf. Prior to his private law practice, Paul served in several government positions with the Buffalo Common Council, Buffalo Housing Authority, and Erie County.
When he is not practicing law and doing open government stuff, Paul enjoys spending time with his spouse, Cheryl, and his three children, Michael, Joseph, and Julia. Paul resides in Amherst, NY, a suburb of Buffalo.