Deal or No Deal?
The edit heads at the Daily News vote No Deal today for City Council pay raises (of which, Barry Popik reminds us).
But we here at Backroomie, we're in to matters even more ludicrous. And that's the panel that Mayor Bloomberg created to render advice on this matter.
Frank Lombardi of the said News recently reminded us that this panel historically is but a facade for money-hungry lawmakers, and that in the past 23 years they have never NOT recommended a salary increase. OK.
But here's what we'd also like to know. Have the panelists' interests and/or conflicts thereof been fully disclosed. B/c, if so, we certainly haven't been privy to that information.
So, for starters, here are some things you may want to know about your salary judges:
1. Tom A. Bernstein, president and co-founder of Chelsea Piers, has made campaign contributions to the following pols: Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Comptroller Bill Thompson, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Council Member David Yassky; and also to Attorney General candidate Mark Green.
2. G. G. Michelson also contributed to the coffers of Public Advocate Gotbaum.
3. Stephanie Palmer, of the New York Mission Society, contributed to former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields.
Someone want to check if either Chelsea Piers or the New York Mission Society receive City funding?