It's been almost two years since the New
York Times broke the story
on the abuses of New York City council
earmarks slush fund, which totaled about $50 million a year. This week, the
council member featured in the Times
article was expelled from the
state senate for a violent act committed against his female companion,
according to an
article in yesterday's Times
. And according to a
Times article today
, another council member was indicted by a
federal grand jury for much the same sort of conduct. Not the violence,
but the misuse of council earmarks to help himself and his family,
which included charges of money laundering, extortion, and fraud.
But unlike the violent council member, this one was enabled by hundreds of elected and appointed city officials.