Shining bright lights on backroom deals in the NYC body politic.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Disinfecting the Speaker's Race

A Breath of Fresh Air?

Who knows? But we're happy to read that others see the value of sunlight...

Here are some recent headlines and quotes:

Speaker Race Comes Out of The Smoke Filled Room - Wonkster, December 2, 200

Prying open backroom door in Speaker's race - Metro, November 30, 2005

All this fresh air around the race for City Council Speaker seems to be causing a bit of discomfort around -- gasp! -- policy issues. - The Politicker, November 30, 2005

"It'’s amazing that this is becoming a public process. It's a good idea because it raises the visibility of the office. If the City Council is to check and balance the mayor, it may have to go public, or at least claim there's citywide support for them."” - Hunter College Political Scientist, Kenneth Sherrill

This closed affair, with January's voting limited to the 51 members, is an unseemly orgy of back room dealmaking and pay-to-play cash outlays. - Daily News, November 4, 2005


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