Stipend pay is under review in New York

05.16.17 | Sarah Harnisch

At least eight state senators have been paid thousands of dollars in stipends for committee positions they did not actually hold.

Good government watchdog groups question whether the move is fraudulent.

Republicans say it's  "much to do about nothing."

New York state lawmakers receive a base salary of nearly $80,000 a year.

They haven't had a pay raise since 1999, and were angered last year when a Governor Cuomo-appointed state board blocked a pay hike.