From the NY Post:
Reacting to an attendance report in yesterday's Post, Councilman Tony Avella (D-Queens), a long-shot candidate for mayor, said members make up lame excuses to avoid coming to mandatory meetings in City Hall.
"Could it be that some of my colleagues are lazy?" he said. "I don't know what their excuses are, but in my opinion, there's no excuse. It's your job."
Let's pass a law to remove council members with excessive absences. Oh wait, the same ones who abuse the system would have to pass it.