From Gotham Gazette:
The meeting was running more than three hours late and in rolled Councilmember Eric Gioia. The time: After 5 o'clock and 40 minutes into the council's stated meeting.
The public advocate candidate slid into his high-backed, crimson leather chair perched at the front of the City Council's chamber, leaned back and started thumbing through his Blackberry.
The roll call vote was already midway through the alphabet. Gioia made eye contact with the council's majority leader.
His name was called. "I ask permission to vote 'yes' on all land use call ups," Gioia asked -- referring to a vote that happened nearly a half hour earlier. The majority leader nodded: "So ordered."
"Thank you," Gioia said, then voted on the rest of the day's agenda.
Finished, he turned back to his Blackberry. Ten minutes later, the meeting adjourned.
Cute story and very telling. Click on the above link to see who shows up for work and how often. And this is interesting, too.