From the NY Times:
Since becoming New York City’s transportation commissioner in 2007, Janette Sadik-Khan has crisscrossed the globe, visiting far-flung locales like Bogotá, Copenhagen and Beijing.
In the process, she has run up a travel bill of about $35,000, according to city records. And in some cases, Ms. Sadik-Khan has allowed outsiders, including transportation advocacy groups, to help foot the bill.
City records obtained by The New York Times show that such groups have paid for $10,200 of her travel. The costs include transportation, lodging and food.
In 2007, Smart Growth America, which promotes open space, helped pay for Ms. Sadik-Khan’s travel to Washington for a conference on climate change and transportation. The cost of the trip was $740. (Among the group’s financial contributors: Fannie Mae and the National Association of Realtors.)
"Smart Growth" consists of building tall near transportation hubs so that open areas will remain preserved. However, we have no open space left in this city and our growth is anything but "smart." Massive upzoning, lack of infrastructure, etc...