Daily News editorial:
...on Dec. 5, 2007, the Governmental Operations Committee, chaired by Brooklyn's Simcha Felder, held a hearing on reforms. Civic organizations testified, calling for action, and Felder said he would submit legislation on the matter in the coming year.
Having noted that on our calendar, we posed a question to Felder on March 15: What was up with the legislation, we asked.
Ask Quinn, he answered.
We queried Quinn: When would the bill be ready? Later, her aides said.
Well, it's 2009, and Quinn and Felder and most of the rest are getting ready to run for reelection. It was high time to call Quinn again. The answers were very different.
The speaker now believes the Council should defer to the judgment of a still-to-be-appointed Charter Revision Commission.
Then again, Quinn's aides said, if any members of the Council want to push their own reform legislation, they are perfectly free to do so.
Bottom line: Quinn and the Gang took the money and ran.