City Council members swiftly voted to give themselves $36,000 raises, and to implement several long-called-for reforms, this afternoon. In a 40-7 vote, the Council passed a package of legislation (details of bills 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6) that: eliminates outside income and committee chair stipends; mandates posting of financial disclosure forms online; formally makes the job full-time; and boosts their salaries $10,000 more than recommended by a mayor-appointed panel, to $148,500.

The ethical reforms that came with the raises have been periodically recommended by good-government groups and the so-called Quadrennial Commission, which the mayor is supposed to convene every four years, but which last met in 2006, the last time the Council got raises. Till now, Councilmembers had ignored the ethics piece and stuck to giving themselves more money. The changes are meant to limit the possibility of influence peddling, through interest-conflicting jobs and favoritism-enabling Council Speaker stipend allocation. The decision to finally make the changes was partially overshadowed by the Council failing to talk to the commission while it was working, not allowing any public discussion before introducing the legislation, and tacking on the extra 10 grand for their own salaries.

The bills also enable a $258,750 salary for the mayor, up from $225,000—Mayor de Blasio has said he won't take a raise this term—a $22,800 raise for district attorneys to $212,800; a $24,050 raise for the comptroller to $209,050; a $19,800 boost for the public advocate to $184,800; and $19,200 more for borough presidents, bringing their pay to $179,200. All these raises were in line with the panel recommendations, but the Council argued that giving up possible outside income warrants even more money, despite only a handful of Councilmembers holding down outside jobs.

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez argued during the only hearing on the measure Wednesday that he deserves $175,000 a year because he has a family to raise and he works more than 60 hours a week.

Against the recommendations of ethics groups, the Council made the raises retroactive to January, rather than prospective to after the next election. Pushing the raises to next term, reformers watchdogs had argued, would tone down the self-serving nature of the vote.

The three Council Republicans who voted against the raises wrote in a statement:

There is a critically important reason the City Charter requires any changes to salaries for elected officials be evaluated and ultimately recommended by an independent body: because there is an inherent and obvious conflict of interest in having to vote oneself a pay raise. We felt the salary recommendations made by the Quadrennial Commission were the starting point of a public conversation about our jobs and our compensation. However, once it became clear that the proposed legislation by the Council would go beyond those recommendations, it precluded any potential support from our delegation.

Also voting no were Queens's Elizabeth Crowley and Brooklyn's Alan Maisel, who didn't explain their votes, and Chaim Deutsch of Brooklyn and Paul Vallone of Queens, who both bring in money from outside their government jobs.

Council staffers, who did not get raises, often make less than $40,000. A handful staged a silent protest of their bosses during the vote.

Income from investments, pensions, royalties, and teaching, as well as speaking fees, will still be allowed under the new rules.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who will now take home $164,500 annually, was asked by a reporter how she and other members planned to spend their windfall, declined to answer.

"If you want to be cynical, that's your right," she said.