To hear some of them tell it, the Council is already falling apart. Ambitious pols who know what they want to run for in November 2009 need to get noticed now - which may be why some of them have been using dry budget hearings to attack the Bloomberg administration.
"I've never seen grandstanding like I've seen in the last few weeks," said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who is mulling a run for Queens Borough President. "The Council will resemble a herd of cats after July."
Why City Council is like 'a herd of cats'
They will spend their time raising money. They will spend time slapping backs at chicken dinners far outside of their Council districts. They will serve up outrage by the bucketful - and they won't waste their time with the drudge work of actually writing bills and getting them turned into law.
"Members who were normally respectful to commissioners suddenly started telling them they were awful," said lobbyist Walter McCaffrey, who was term-limited out of the Council in 2001. "In our last year, after we were done with the budget, it was like the sacking of Rome."