It is the time of year when City Council members raid the public treasury to shamelessly promote themselves at taxpayer expense.
Each member has a slush fund that he or she taps, they swear, to provide extra special, can't-live-without benefits to their neighborhoods.
One particularly noxious version of this annual ritual involves giving money to the Sanitation Department for the purchase of super-duper litter baskets. Which come - wouldn't you know it? - emblazoned with the sponsoring lawmakers' names.
As if they had dug into their pockets - not yours - to buy the baskets, however nice and needed they are.
Garbage in, garbage out
The Sanitation Department reports that it hasn't received the paperwork on this year's purchases, so there's still time for the Council members to give up on this political garbage.
If not, they should at least be honest. Let their baskets read: "Supposedly Brought to You by Council Member (So-and-So) but Actually Paid for by the Taxpayers of New York City."
P.S. Sounds like they need extras in Forest Hills.