Syracuse mayoral candidate says she would donate most of her salary to city schools

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A Republican candidate for Mayor of Syracuse is pledging to donate most of her salary to the Syracuse City School District if elected.

Laura Lavine says she’ll only keep $30,000 of the $115,000 she’ll earn if elected mayor. 

Lavine is under the impression that the law dictates she’s not allowed to alter her salary amount, but can freely donate it to where she wants.

It’s a similar pledge Lavine made as Superintendent of the LaFayette School District, where she had her salary set at $30,000, making her the lowest paid superintendent in New York State.

Lavine says that saved the district more than $100,000.

Lavine tells NewsChannel 9 that isn’t a campaign tactic, it’s mutually beneficial for both city taxpayers and herself. It’ll save money and allow Lavine to keep her pension.

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