But most of them are not nearly as wealthy as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who reported making as much as $450,000 from his law firm, and Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, who made up to $250,000 from his law office.
Hoylman is right to be concerned about outside income possibly leading to conflicts of interests or serious corruption. Anyone being paid by the public owes it to the people to put their interests first.
But if outside income is prevented, soon only the very wealthy will be able to afford to serve in the Legislature, and that would be a very sad thing, indeed.
By all means, we need to keep a close eye on possible corruption. But there are better ways to do that than to make the Legislature a place reserved only for the very rich.