New York City officials have spent tens of thousands of dollars on car services this year, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's public embrace of mass transit, according to a new online database that tracks and posts city expenditures hours after they are processed.
The database, called Checkbook NYC, has been under construction for several months and was unveiled Thursday. Officials said it shows 99 percent of all the money the city spends -- more than $35 billion since Jan. 1.
Among the expenditures are more than $10,000 in car service charges among the mayor's own budget staff, more than $66,000 by law department officials and more than $11,000 racked up by City Council staffers.
Bloomberg has ... for years said the city's mass transit is the best in the world, and urges more people to use it.
Why didn't they all just hop on their bicycles to get home?