2008_08_albany.jpgState Senator Martin Connor, a Democrat who represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, recently introduced a bill to give a $52,000 bonus to those lawmakers who stick to being lawmakers. In other words, the many lawmakers who have outside jobs wouldn't get them. Daniel Squadron, who is running against Connor this fall, told the Post, "While Marty Connor clearly believes he should get an additional $52,000 bonus just for doing the job he was elected to do, in these economic times, he'd be hard-pressed to find a single New Yorker who agrees." However, the Sun suggests the that Connor's idea "may contain the contours of the compromise" that would allow Governor Paterson to give lawmakers a raise (lawmakers have a base of $79,500). Connor said, "It's a way to professionalize the Legislature and remove the clouds that hang over the institution."