Martin Babinec, the independent running in the 22nd congressional district, says he would donated the $174,000 salary if elected to the House of Representatives.
“John F. Kennedy would be rolling in his grave if he knew that today we have members of Congress who have flipped his famous axiom and are more focused on what America can do for them – as opposed to what they can do for America,” Babinec said. “These are hard times for many throughout the 22nd Congressional District and I believe it is important to reclaim a tradition of service.”
The donation pledge is inspired, in part, by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow to turn down the $400,000 salary if elected.
Babinec’s salary would be donated to charities in areas such as education, arts, local community organizations and human development.
Babinec is in a three-person race for the central New York House district, facing Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Kim Myers.
Incumbent Richard Hanna, a Republican, is retiring.