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Sheriff O'Flynn wants hefty pay raise

Rochester, N.Y. -- Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn wants a hefty pay raise.

He is asking county legislators to bump up his salary to $174,000 a year.

That's $37,000 more than he is making now and $50,000 more than he was making two years ago.

The request is part of his proposed $138 million-dollar budget.

Specifically, he is asking that his salary be tied to the district attorney's salary.

Heres where it gets a little tricky.

The DAs salary is tied to the salary of Supreme Court judges.

Whatever the judges make, the district attorney makes.

Two years ago, the state gave the judges a raise that will reach $174,000 this coming spring.

Should OFlynn get his way, his salary would hit that mark at the same time.

OFlynn wrote in the same change in 2011, but legislators, including the top Republican, balked at the bump.

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks' spokesperson said then the hike was not the legislative intent of the law, adding OFlynn was comfortable with his current salary.

His current request is part of Brooks proposed budget for 2014, which means it can be amended by the county legislature.

In this same budget, Brooks is cutting 60 county positions and laying off 15 employee.

OFlynns spokesperson said the sheriff will address questions regarding his pay hike on Tuesday.

OFlynn won another term as sheriff earlier this month.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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