Bipartisan cooperation has its rewards. Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán and five of her progressive colleagues just found out the hard way — and at the expense of their own constituents.
The six Democratic Socialists let ideology trump cold, hard cash for district-specific needs — even after getting most of their priorities funded in the $101 billion city budget they nonetheless voted versus.
Following their opposition, which they announced in advance, President Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) froze them from the board’s $41 million discretionary fund.
By contrast, the small five-person Republican minority conference has been working with fellow Democrats on mutual budget priorities, for example, NYPD funding, schools and a property tax rebate for homeowners.
Unlike the leftists, the GOPers took the pragmatic route, backed the budget — and secured additional funding from the speaker. Council Minority Leader Joe Borelli (R-SI), the only Republican on the council’s budget negotiating team, said his conference took a hands-on approach to securing funding for basic city services. “We can’t just stand on our soapboxes,” he told the Post.
As legendary New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia once said, there’s no Democratic or Republican way to pick up Gotham’s trash. Yet for too many leftists in public service today, ideology colors every decision. We don’t approve of member slush funds, but this episode made it clear that the six progressives on the board really don’t care about “getting things done.”
Legislators should be concerned with the competent and corruption-free delivery of municipal services to residents. But these progressives still think they are activists. And their constituents are paying the price.
New York Post