Inside the C-Stats
Oct 31, 2012 | 2444 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Another source of controversy in the race between Meng and Halloran is something that Halloran has been bringing up on the campaign trail and in debates over the past month: CouncilStat, or C-Stat for short.

To highlight his record of dealing with constituent complaints, Halloran has mentioned on more than one occasion he ranks number one among his colleagues in C-Stat, which is a database that tracks a council person’s effectiveness at dealing with constituent concerns.

Halloran may indeed rank first, but when we asked several members of City Council about C-Stat, they told us that the program is not mandatory and virtually no one actually uses it, so ranking first in C-Stat is akin to coming in first in a one-person race.

As one council member put it to us, they didn’t really need a list of upset constituents in the hands of the speaker of the City Council, which could then be used against them for political reasons.

So kudos to Councilman Dan Halloran for actually using the system and being willing to make public the issues of his constituents and his efforts to solve them, but we don’t really know if being at the top of that list is a huge accomplishment.

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