With one eye on the canyon-like budget gaps and the other on reelection, City Council members voted 33 to 18 last week for a 7% property tax rate hike.
As far as Mayor Bloomberg is concerned, the 18 no-sayers took the cowardly route, not taking responsibility for assuring essential services and workers - such as cops, firefighters and sanitation workers - are maintained.
Heroes or not, here's the 18 who voted against the 7% tax hike: Manhattan: none; the Bronx: Democrat James Vacca; Queens: Republican Anthony Como, Democrats Tony Avella, Joseph Addabbo, James Gennaro, Eric Gioia, Peter Vallone Jr. and Hiram Monserrate; Brooklyn: Democrats Charles Barron, Erik Martin Dilan, Simcha Felder, Lewis Fidler, Vincent Gentile, Diana Reyna and Michael Nelson; Staten Island: Republicans Ignizio and James Oddo and Democrat Michael McMahon.
Mike Bloomberg slams council foes of 7% property tax hike
How many of them asked Quinn for permission to vote no this time?