From the Daily News:
Exempted from the hook, officeholders were not compelled to pay fines or clear up erroneous bills unless they felt like it. Among those who didn't feel like it were Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro, on the books for more than $8,000 in unpaid fines and penalties; Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland, $2,442; Queens Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras, $1,311, and Manhattan Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell 4th, $1,239.
Mayor Bloomberg and top aides pleaded ignorance of the policy when reporter Nicholas Hirshon's story appeared, but they quickly ended it.
Now elected officials face the same trip to the pound suffered by mere mortals. Good. Public office is not a license to misbehave.
It's not? Check this out from the Daily News:
These clowns write the laws and loophole themselves out of it.
Elected officials are the only people in the country who can vote themselves a pay raise.
Sweet! Wouldn't it be great if you could turn to your co-workers and say, it's about time for a raise, isn't it?
Assemblymen make at least of $79,500 a year, but they can earn outside income, and don't even have to report details. They just have to say, "I made between $5,000 and $20,000 on the side." Double sweet!
State pols get $171 a day for food and lodging - just like us, right? Ha! And they get reimbursed for their trips from their home districts to Albany. Doesn't your boss pay for your trips to work?
Even those perks are not enough for some pols.
Assemblyman Roger Greene charged taxpayers for fake trips to Albany when he was getting free rides from a prison services company looking for state contracts.
Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin had his driver go back and forth from Flushing to Albany in an empty car so he could claim travel expenses.
Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diane Gordon promised land to a developer if he built her a $500,000 house.
Nothing tops Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada who, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says, ordered $20,000 worth of sushi delivered to his home - not in his Bronx district, but in upscale Mamaroneck.
Power gets to some pols. They no longer see themselves as public servants, accountable to the voters.
They become arrogant. The ancient Greeks had a great word for it: hubris, pronounced hyoo-briss. It means you have too much pride, you're a bighead, you are acting like you're a god, like the laws don't apply to you.