Check out the fine print in the most recently adopted NYC budget. “Boro budget bacon brings boons, blues” (July 12, multiple editions). Once again, tradition has been maintained for decades as NYC Council Speaker Quinn just like her predecessors the late Tom Cuite, Peter Vallone Sr. and Gifford Miller allocated several hundred million dollars in yearly member items for local pork barrel projects. This year’s earmarking of member item projects by the Council leadership totaled $147 million while it continues to be a growing public scandal.
Too many members view the funding of member item pork barrel projects as a path to grease the wheels of re-election or run for higher public office. Like a monkey on their back, they appear to be addicted to this spending.
It is common knowledge about the quid pro quo between those seeking funding and Council members. This sometimes included campaign contributions from the recipients’ senior management, hiring of Council members family, friends and Democratic clubhouse colleagues by the recipients and so on in exchange for receipt of the funding.
Taxpayers must send a message that pork is not kosher. Don’t re-elect or promote to higher public office these same elected public officials who promote this type of illegitimate spending.
Intelligent voters should challenge 2013 Democratic mayoral candidate wannabes — NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, former NYC Comptroller and 2009 losing Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, current NYC Comptroller John Liu, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon on this issue. Ask them all if elected mayor would they have the moral courage to veto any budget which included pork barrel member item spending. Consider voting for a mayoral candidate who will support a kosher budget “minus the pork.”