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O'Flynn defending proposed pay raise
Rochester, N.Y. - If Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn has his way, he will receive a $50,000 raise over two years.
He is asking the Monroe County Legislature to tie his salary to the district attorney's, which will jump to $174,000 in April.
Thursday night, O'Flynn went before the Ways and Means Committee to defend his request.
"We have equal responsibility for public safety and should receive equal compensation," O'Flynn, a Republican, said.
"Do you have a law degree?" asked Minority Leader Carrie Andrews, a Democrat.
"No, ma'am, I don't," O'Flynn responded.
O'Flynn made the same request to have his salary tied to the DA's in 2011.
It passed, but County Executive Maggie Brooks' office announced the salaries would not be equal after news got out the state was going to give district attorneys across the state a hefty raise.
"That was not the intent of the legislation," said Brooks' spokesperson at the time.
O'Flynn said Thursday the reason his salary did not rise with the district attorney's in 2012 was because his budget director did not know about the state's raise and, therefore, did not budget for it.
O'Flynn said he would be willing to answer more questions before the full legislature next week.