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Niagara Falls City Council pay, benefits and expenses total $484,000 in 2021

By on March 19, 2022 0

Niagara Falls City Council pay, benefits and expenses cost taxpayers more than $484,000 last year.

The municipality released its annual statement as part of Tuesday’s council agenda.

Counselors received $350,306.72 in compensation (payment or compensation received for services or employment), $96,273.86 in benefits, and $37,819.09 in expenses, totaling $484,399.67.

The remuneration and expenses of five private citizens sitting on the city’s adjustment committee amount to $4,748.83.

Mayor Jim Diodati received the most of any council member, at $164,457.51 — the biggest chunk, $116,196.08, in salary.

Com. Vince Kerrio received the least of the nine board members, at $31,681.15.

Advisors receive compensation for serving on various committees, which in 2021 totaled $22,350.

Com. Wayne Campbell received the most, at $5,700, while the adviser. Carolynn Ioannoni received the least, at $0.

In 2020, Ioannoni had her salary suspended for 90 days twice by council for violating the municipality’s code of conduct and was removed from the boards and committees she served on for the remainder of her term.

As such, she also received $0 in compensation for councilors serving at Niagara Falls Hydro Holding Corp., which totaled $38,400 ($4,800 for each of the other eight councillors).

The board agenda also includes an attachment outlining the number of board meetings held in 2021 and member attendance.

It shows the council held 15 meetings last year – Ioannoni was absent from three of them, while Kerrio was absent from one.