Buffalo, N.Y. - A few years ago, 2 On Your Side reported that most members of the state Parole Board that had strong political connections. And that was true no matter whether the governor was a Republican or a Democrat.
Now that long tradition is now continuing under Governor Cuomo.
On Wednesday, the state senate confirmed six of Cuomo's appointees to the board. The appointments carry six year terms and have a salary of $101,000.
One of those appointments is former Buffalo Councilmember Marc Coppola.
Coppola began serving on the council in 2000.
In 2006, he was the Democratic party's candidate to run in a special election to fill the state senate seat that had been vacated when Byron Brown became Mayor, where he defeated Republican Chris Jacobs.
Coppola was defeated for election in November 2006 by Antoine Thompson.
And so in January of 2007, Coppola was out of work and off the government payroll.
But he didn't stay out of work for long - in July of 2007 he landed a job with the state parole department. Most recently Coppola has been the Special Assistant to the Executive Director.
With his appointment, Coppola goes from making $83,000 a year in his old job to $101,000 a year for at least the next six years.
And New York's salary for parole board members is the third highest in the country, trailing only New Jersey whose members make $123,000 a year and Georgia where the pay is $128,000 a year.
On the other end of the pay scale, ten states pay their parole board members between $75 and $150 a day and they only get paid when they're actually holding parole hearings.