For the first time, the public has a better idea of the income Albany lawmakers get from their jobs outside of the state Capitol, as filings on the subject were made public Tuesday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
His job as speaker of the state Assembly gets Sheldon Silver a lot of attention, but it's a different post that brings in the cash.
We now know the speaker made between $350,000 and $450,000 as a lawyer at the firm of Weitz and Luxenberg in 2012. His law practice focused on personal injury and "individual clients." He also had hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock holdings.
"It shows that he does treat this as a part-time job, even though he's in a position that's theoretically one of the most powerful in the entire state," said Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
All of this personal financial information was disclosed in a level of detail for the first time on Wednesday, part of new requirements by the state's ethics commission.
"It is unprecedented disclosure," said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Silver was not the only one who raked in cash outside of Albany. The state Senate Republican leader, Dean Skelos, made between $150,000 to $250,000 at a Long Island law firm.
The state Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader, Jeff Klein, had a guaranteed payment of between $50,000 and $75,000 last year from a law firm.
While the governor pressed for increased disclosure, at an event in Manhattan on Wednesday, he didn't oppose the so-called moonlighting.
"Under our system, we have part-time legislators," he said. "That's the system we have. Citizen legislators."
Not every Albany lawmaker was making this use of their time outside of the state Capitol. Many at the center of recent corruption scandals in Albany reported little to any outside income.
Assemblymen Eric Stevenson and William Boyland Jr. reported none. State Senator Malcolm Smith reported at least $100,000 in a deferred compensation plan and financial holdings.
State Senator John Sampson was a clear exception. He listed his work as an attorney and in real estate, reporting that it made him at least $245,000 in 2012. He was recently charged with embezzling cash from the sale of foreclosed homes.