City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently unveiled the new $78.5 billion budget to her loyal flock of members. Unless the council members took an Evelyn Woods speed-reading course, no one had time to read and understand the details buried in the hundreds of pages that made up the budget.
Not to worry, in exchange for looking the other way and voting in favor of the budget, everyone got a "piece of the action." Each got a slice of several hundred million dollars in member item spending. She has yet to make public both recipients and dollar amounts.
Mark-Viverito also approved the remaining 50 percent balance of lulus paid out to council members ranging from $4,000 to $28,000 for chairing committees or subcommittees. No wonder council members are loyal lapdogs to the speaker.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mark-Viverito and her members quickly morphed from reformers into inside City Hall regulars.