Speaking of Slush Funds

Monday, April 07, 2008

WNYC's Bob Hennelly takes a look at the scandal erupting over City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's practice of budgeting funds for non-existent non-profit groups.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [9]

jake gunner from Greenwich Village

RE: Quinn & Slush Funds.

Why is any one surprised with the machine made (Queens Democratic under Mannes) politician should act like a machine politician. She is old politics pretending to be "transparent." ..., Note: Her staff she says did not follow her directions .. and she wants to be Mayor.. Does she really think we swallow this ..and if it is true, (Oh Really!) she thinks she can be Mayor .. Goodbye Quinn ,,,, from my point of view as one of her constituents ... not a moment too soon.

Apr. 07 2008 10:45 AM
Susan from Kingston, New York

Where does most of these slush funds end up? In Quinn's district?

Apr. 07 2008 10:38 AM
DP from Crooklyn

Whoops, I must have been dreaming. That could never happen in this city.

Apr. 07 2008 10:35 AM
DP from Crooklyn

If we can get more transparency in city agencies, MTA, NYPD, etc., maybe we won't need the CP funds?

Apr. 07 2008 10:33 AM
DP from Crooklyn

It is called "appearance of impropriety"; egg on your face speaker Quinn.

Apr. 07 2008 10:32 AM
Ed Ravin from Bronx

The NYPD also has a slush fund - the non-profit Police Foundation operates in that capacity for Ray Kelly by providing cash for things that are not funded by the NYPD's official budget. For example, the 10 cops stationed abroad have their expenses ($50k/year) paid by the Police Foundation. And other efforts by the NYPD not deemed important enough by City Council to be funded, like the war on counterfeit merchandise sold on street corners, are paid by the Police Foundation.

Something similar is also happening with the Parks department - Central Park, Prospect Park, and other "big" parks have non-profit foundations that "supplement" government funding for the parks, but once private "discretionary" money has entered the process, it looks more and more like a "slush fund".

Apr. 07 2008 10:31 AM

First I cringed when I heard this story, suspecting the media would give it a pass -- so blatant that it actually sounds like some sort of weird normal operating procedure in "politics." ..Talk about corruption, By Gad, with budget practices like this, why even bother! So I appreciate Bob's uncynical, ever-earnest nature for taking this one on...

..the attempt by those involved to make this sneaky incompetence appear normal, and what happens next, strikes at the core of what is right or wrong about our system.

Apr. 07 2008 10:18 AM
Steven Mark from Manhattan

I think the largest grant went to the Friends of the High Line, a community organization that saved the elevated, abandoned rail line in Chelsea. This improvement will create a new tourist destination, a fascinating green space, a catalyst for school kids to learn about NYC history and a clever integration of commercial spcae. Slush isn't always a bad thing. Just think of a Slurpie.

Apr. 07 2008 10:17 AM
michael winslow from INWOOD

Oh No! Looks like Christine Quinn got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

It's total BS Quinn knew nothing about it and asked it to stop.

There has to be an investigation of the money trail.

This is money laundering just like Spitzer!

Apr. 07 2008 09:52 AM

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