Congressman Joseph Crowley, while attending an event at Maspeth Town Hall to announce funding for a new program recently, dropped a bit of disturbing news. He said that economic times have gotten so tough in government that politicians can no longer afford the big ceremonial checks they pose with at events.
Longtime Pol Position readers might remember the “Checkies,” our annual award given to the politician who hands out the most oversized checks. Councilman David Weprin was a perennial favorite, as he invested in a dry erase check, which could be wiped clean and used over and over again.
His dominance really got under the skin of Assemblyman Jose Peralta, who went out and invested in his own dry erase check (which was one of the biggest Pol Position had ever seen, by the way) in an attempt to release Weprin’s stranglehold on the top spot.
The Checkies eventually transformed into the XPols, a yearlong competition of extreme politicking that awarded point values for everything from ribbon cuttings to groundbreakings. But the Checkies was always near and dear to our heart, which is why we are bringing it back just in time for the new budget to go into effect. Let’s hope we have some competitors.