A state Supreme Court ruling issued Friday found a commission examining legislative and executive branch pay exceeded its authority when it recommended a cap on outside income and also may put in doubt the legality of future pay increases for the Legislature.

The decision by Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba keeps the pay raise intact for lawmakers that went into effect in January as well as the panel’s determination that leadership stipends or “lulus” be scaled back to only a handful of posts.

The ruling, issued in case backed by a conservative-leaning legal group, comes as several state lawmakers have challenged the findings of the pay commission.

The panel in December backed a phased-in pay increase for state lawmakers as well as members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet and statewide elected officials in New York. But the recommendations, made into law when lawmakers chose not to act legislatively, capped outside income at 15 percent of their public-sector pay.

Lawmakers’ salaries were due to grow to $130,000 in the coming years and currently stands at $110,000. Lawmakers received their first pay increase in 20 years in January, a boost from $79,500. The ruling may put in doubt the legality of the future phased-in hikes in pay for the Legislature.

Cuomo, along with Attorney General Letitia James, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will also have their pay increased in the coming years as a result of the pay commission.

The cap on outside income was set to take effect at the end of the year and some lawmakers — those who are employed at law firms or own small businesses — are facing the choice of either leaving office or divesting. The private-sector pay cap is estimated to effect as many as a quarter of the Legislature.

Cameron Macdonald, the executive director of the Government Justice Center, the group backing the lawsuit, said there may be an appeal in elements of the decision as the lawsuit challenged whether the commission had the authority at all to act on legislative and executive branch pay.

The pay commission’s decision was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but criticized by state lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

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