Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins on Tuesday called for an investigation of arrangement of falsely designating some lawmakers as committee chairs on payroll records in order to receive paid stipends.

Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, called for “someone in authority” to review the arrangement in the Senate, which both Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan and Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein have insisted is legal.

β€œIt seems every day troubling new questions arise and new details are learned about the apparent abuse of the Senate stipend system,” Stewart-Cousins said in the statement. “The time has come for someone in authority to properly look into these obvious violations of state law as outlined in our legal memo.”

Seven lawmakers who hold vice chair posts in the chamber have received stipends otherwise designated for committee chairs. They were listed as committee chairs in records given to the state comptroller’s office by the Senate.

One Republican, Sen. Pam Helming, has said she is returning her uncashed stipend check.

Updated: Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif responded in a statement.

“Senator Flanagan has already spoken about this matter at length,” he said. “If the Senate Democrats want to play politics, that’s their choice. We have a lot of important work to do before the session concludes next month and that is what we are going to continue to focus on.”