"City government must restore New Yorkers' faith in the system," said Avella. "It is time to end the slush fund."
In a plan he intends to formally announce later this week, Avella stops short of calling for full abolition of the discretionary funding of nonprofit groups - as has been urged editorially by the Daily News and other news organizations.
Let's butcher the pork, sez City Council member
Saying many such groups provide essential community services, Avella called instead for stripping Council members and the speaker of direct control over funds granted to nonprofit groups.
Grants larger than $50,000 would have to be allocated through the city budget as distinct separate items. The mayor and the Council, as a whole, would have to approve the allocations when they adopt the city budget, Avella said.
Under Avella's plan, grants under $50,000 would be disbursed by setting up a community funding team in each Council district, consisting of the Council member, a community board representative and a city agency representative.
Until you mentioned a council member and a community board member it sounded pretty good...otherwise it's still pork!