With the commission charged with considering a potential raise for state lawmakers and Cuomo administration officials poised to holds its final public meeting tomorrow before rendering a recommendation on the issue in November, the governor today declined to take a position on whether he believes a pay hike is warranted.

“I don’t want to get ahead of the commission,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said following an event at which he announced a $63 million transformation plan ($40 million of which will come from the state) for the Greater Rochester International Airport.

“We put together a commission to explore just that question; and we want the opinion of the public,” the governor continued. “I do believe that the commission’s point is right, they need to hear from everyone – including the legislators – as to what their position is and do they believe they deserve a raise and why.”

“And that’s what the commission is going through. Once the commission finishes, they will submit their findings, their opinion, their record. And then I’ll have an opinion that I’ll state. informed by the commission. But the purpose of the commission is to advise me on that question.”

When asked what he might do if a proposal for a 47 percent pay boost – which has been floated during the commission’s deliberations – reached his desk, raising the yearly compensation of New York lawmakers from $79,500 to $116,900 and making them the highest paid legislators in the nation, despite the public corruption scandals that have consumed Albany, Cuomo replied:

“That is an opinion that they’re considering. They’re considering options from zero – right – to forty seven. So there’s a big gap. I don’t want to do an if but let the commission do their work and then I will have a very clear opinion. But I want to be informed by them. They’ve done a lot of hard work. They’ve been all across the state. So let them finish their job. Let them do their report, and then we’ll take it from there.”

The panel was created without any fanfare during this year’s budget negotiations. Its recommendations are due by Nov. 15 and would automatically become law unless legislators vote to reject them. The raises would take effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Critics – and a number of lawmakers – have said that raises should not be awarded absent passage of reforms like banning outside income or at least significantly limiting it, which is something the governor, who received a hefty payment for authoring a poorly-selling book, has proposed.

Three panel members were appointed by the governor, one by the chief judge of the Court of Appeals and one each by the Senate and Assembly.

The Legislature last received a raise in 1999, when lawmakers cut a deal with then-Gov. George Pataki that enabled creation of the state’s first charter schools and also required them to forgo their paychecks – temporarily – in the event of a late state budget, though that didn’t immediately end the state’s chronically delayed spending plans.

Lawmakers previously agreed to create a judicial compensation commission, decoupling their salaries from those of the state’s judges. That commission recommended a $29,100 pay raise for New York jurists.