Council members apparently are allowed to take trips sponsored by third parties:
N.Y. City Council Members in Israel Experience Rocket Attack
"The trip to Israel was meant to give the New York council members a better understanding of life in Israel."
They now make $112,000 apiece, funded by NYC taxpayer dollars, and these bozos are wasting that money studying the problems of a foreign country? They should be back at City Hall, studying and improving the quality of life of their constituents.
Now there's a novel idea.