Queens Borough President Helen Marshall also had lots of time missing from her schedule. She had a total of eight events listed over five days and no more than three on any one day. On Aug. 5, she attended Gov. Paterson's signing of a bill about home foreclosures at 10:30 a.m., then went to a National Night Out Against Crime event at 6 p.m. Nothing was listed in between.
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"She could definitely do more with that position," said a Queens democratic insider.
Queens beep spokesman Dan Andrews said internal meetings were not listed on Marshall's schedule and pointed out that the beep had two days off that week. "She was out until 10:30 at least, during National Night Out."
But critics wonder if the whirlwind of ribbon-cutting and cheerleading is worth the tens of millions of taxpayer dollars allotted to the five pols for supplies, chauffeurs, dozens of vaguely described staff slots, and discretionary money. Some hope the upcoming Charter Revision Commission retools their roles or does away with them altogether.