Not-So-Great Moments in New York City Council History (Terrorism Trials, Union Gifts, Parking Tickets)

“Mr. President, we don’t want any more terrorists in New York City!”

Remember the NYC city council member who said that? Actually, no city council member said that. Not one.

Let’s take a brief look at the highly paid ($112,500 per year, plus lulus and many perks) members of the NYC city council (over 90% Democratic and largely owned by the Working Families Party/ACORN/SEIU/UFT/TWU) in some memorable moments (or non-moments) of just these past few days.

USUAL DISCLAIMER: I once ran for Manhattan Borough President and solved the origin of NYC’s nickname, “the Big Apple.” I now live in Texas.

James Oddo (R-Staten Island) is the minority leader of the NYC city council, leading a total of 3 Republicans in a body of 51. (It will jump to 5 of 51 after the recent election.) I e-mailed him that he must meet with the 9-11 victims’ families and protest President Obama’s decision to hold terror trials in New York City.

There was no response.

The Staten Island Ferry (which goes past the Statue of Liberty) is a huge terrorism target. Lots of people board the boat, but unlike our airplanes, there is no passenger screening.

Oddo’s biggest city council accomplishment, perhaps, was legislation to ban metal baseball bats.

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani has come out strongly against NYC civilian terrorist trials, as I’ve posted here in a previous diary. NY Govenor David Paterson has come out against the trials. NY Daily News columnist Mike Lupica has come out against the trials. Congressman Peter King (R-Long Island) has also spoken out against the trials. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg supports the trials, but one gets the sense that Bloomberg negotiated this with Obama in return for Obama’s non-support of Bloomberg’s Democrat opponent.

Where was New York Senator Chuck Schumer? Where was New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand?

Where is the entire elected leadership of New York City to speak out against this?

HYPOTHETICAL: If George W. Bush were to send terrorists to New York City, do you think every elected leader in New York City would be silent?

When even the few Republicans in New York City stay silent, who needs ’em?

I previously posted about the coming city council gift to unions (the city council members’ true employer)–nine paid sick days for everybody in any business of 15 or more employees. The employees don’t even have to produce a doctor’s note! That’s like a week and a half of “free” pay!

Let’s check up on NY1 News and see how that’s going:

11/17/2009 07:20 PM
Council Reignites Paid Sick Leave Debate
By Bobby Cuza
The City Council introduced a bill Tuesday that would require all employers to provide paid sick leave, which is already being met with some fierce opposition.
Asked about the bill Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg expressed reservations.
It’s also possible the bill could be preempted by federal sick leave legislation currently being debated in the nation’s capital.

Reservations? Something that would destroy all remaining small business in New York City and the mayor has reservations?

Check out the video for the city council in action. Is this issue still flying in under everyone’s radar?

DISCLAIMER: I was a parking ticket judge for fifteen years.

Everyone hates to get parking tickets. The city recently has written more tickets than ever, at over $100 a ticket. It’s not to raise revenue, but–let’s be serious, it’s mostly to raise revenue.

If a regulation goes into effect at 9:00 a.m. (for example), the ticket agents often pounce by at least 9:01 a.m. People have been furious that they’re not given a few minutes’ grace, because everyone’s watch can be off. In the past, the agents have come out at 9:05 a.m., but that’s a courtesy and not a rule.

The city council, pandering as always, has put a “grace period” into legislation. From Wednesday’s New York Times:

Traffic Agents and Politicians Debate Value of 5 Minutes
Published: November 17, 2009
City Council members say that granting a five-minute grace period for alternate-side-of-the-street parking and certain meter violations would simply give wiggle room to drivers who may have lost track of time.

But many city traffic agents say that all it would do is delay the inevitable curbside argument by five minutes.

“If we give them five minutes, they’ll want five more minutes — and they’ll still complain that we gave them a ticket,” said Phillis Stokes, 40, a traffic agent for 12 years, who added that “8:06 will be the new 8:01.”

Exactly right, Ms. Stokes. Exactly right.

Life in a one-party town.

This is how democracy works?