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Friday, February 17, 2006

Word On the Street

Meet the Council's New Finance Director

As The Politicker reminded us today, Quinn had a massive urge to purge. And in the depths of her purge was Larian Angelo, the Council's Miller-time Finance Director.

We've gotta say, our hopes were riding high for all of the last few hours. We thought maybe, just maybe, Quinn would bring some real life into the Finance position - which indeed, has suffered tremendously over the years. We thought maybe Quinn would try to recruit some stars from the private sector to match Bloomberg's financial savvy.

But unfortunately, it appears that this will not be the case. Sources say Quinn has tapped - of all people - Queens boy Michael Keogh, husband of Clinton New York State trooper, Karen Persichilli (also of Council fame) to lead Finance. Not too long ago, Keogh served as the General Counsel to the New York City Districting Commission.

It's official, boys and girls, Quinn's hack attack continues!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Keogh is not from Queens.

5:17 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think where he's from is the point of the post... wait, Karen is that you?????

5:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

both keoghs are consummate professionals - New York and the City Council will be well served to have Mike.

6:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Keogh and his team accomplished a NYC first- getting the 2003 council redistricting plan through federal Justice Department Voting Rights Act approval. And then not a single lawsuit filed against it! How's that for a pro who knows how to get something done!

7:43 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what has that have to do with his competence as a director of finance?

3:34 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:34PM ... my point, exactly!

3:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what happened to Quinn's promise-made during the debates-that committee chairpersons would be able to staff their committees?

6:27 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is obvious that the Council's budget role is not a priority for the new Speaker and that she merely intends to run a political operation. This following the Court' ruling that the Mayor can virtually disregard any of the Council's legislative enactments ensures that this Council will be the weakest ever, who would have believed it could get worse! Perhaps the Speaker would be well served by actually reading the Charter and learning the powers given to the Council following the 1989 Charter Revision. Putting in a political operative instead of a budget expert does a disservice to all New Yorkers. Thank goodness for term limits!!

4:32 PM


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