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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Baez and Bronx not showing up for work

Real quickly, here's some disconcerting numbers put together by the NY Times about council members' attendance records following Helen Foster's conspicuous absence during the congestion pricing vote. Here's a quick breakdown. (Numbers are from 2004 on)

-The northwest Bronx's own Maria Baez has the worst attendance record of any city council member. She missed exactly one-third of her meetings, for a 66.6% attendance record.

-Four of the bottom six attendance records come from the Bronx: Baez, Larry Seabrook (67.86), Foster (71.14%), Anabel Palma (72.47%).

-Carmen del Arroyo had the best record (93.9%) of any Bronx CM, Jimmy Vacca came in a close second with 91.94%.

-Borough President hopeful and Democratic Majority Leader Joel Rivera showed up 77.21% of the time, while Oliver Koppell clocked in about 84% of the time.

Please discuss.

1 comment:

  1. My coworker feels that Foster is being unfairly criticized for missing the congestion pricing vote, compared to the number of votes missed by other council members on issues that equally impact the Bronx community.

    I think it is important that Foster missed this vote, even more so because she would have been the only Bronx CM to oppose congestion pricing.

    Still, it would seem the NYT article on attendance helps put into context the records of other CMs.

    While being a council member is not a full time job, I have a hard time believing they can't be present for all the votes that effect their constituents. If I showed up to work 80% of the time I'd be looking for another job.


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