The Council is comprised of 51 members who control a budget of $32 billion, larger than the budget of 48 of the 50 states. Its members earn a base salary of $112,500, after voting themselves a pay increase from $90,000 last year. Yet as these proposals for pigeon extermination and language bans have been introduced and debated, the City Council is busy postponing hearings into essential matters and services, such as the Nov. 29 oversight hearing of the FDNY’s Fire Inspection Program and the Nov. 28 hearing to amend the city recycling code for electronics.
City Council needs to prioritize
Earlier this year, the Independent Budget Office released a study showing that New York City faces the highest tax burden in the nation. Local taxes in New York are 90 percent higher than the national average for cities. At the price we’re paying, New Yorkers need to take it upon themselves to ensure better local government.