Tagged: New York City

NYC City Council Hiding Taxpayer Money, Created a Slush Fund

As reported in the NY Daily News, the City Council, for years, stashed away tax payer money to create a “politically motivated” slush fund by allocating the money to groups, that didn’t exist.  The City Council created the phony groups to hide more than $17 million for at least 7 years.

Funds for bogus groups with cutesy names – such as Magic Mountain Fund and Education First – have been stashed in agency budgets since at least 2001. 

The Council’s finances are under investigation by the Dept. of Investigations and Manhattan US Attorney’s office. The Council also hired law firm Sullivan & Cromwell for $95,000 to defend them

This after we learned that some Council members, who were initially opposed to the congestion pricing plan, flip-flopped after getting their own pet projects approved. Of course, Speaker Christine Quinn is claiming she knew nothing of this fraud.

“I was obviously deeply troubled when I found out about this information. I had no knowledge of it,” said Quinn (D-Manhattan). 

Please, now I know where the money for those pet projects came from.

NYC Congestion Pricing OK, Thanks To Pork Handouts

The congestion pricing plan in NYC is an unfair tax on the poor/middle class living in Brooklyn and Queens. It is also a tax on businesses who do deliveries using trucks and can’t take mass transit. And most of the City Council opposed it, until, as Juan Gonzalez points out in the Daily News, they got their own pet projects ok’ed. So not only will we be taxed due to the congestion pricing plan, additional tax dollars will be used to fund the pet projects of those who filp-flopped and voted FOR the congestion plan. We’re getting screwed twice! The plan passed the City Council 30-20. 18 of the 20 are from Brooklyn/Queens. All of the Bronx and Manhattan members ( 18 ) voted yes.