From the Daily News:
When city government puts contracts or grants out to bid, New Yorkers have every right to expect that all qualified applicants will have the same chance of winning an award.
That's how things work - except in the City Council.
There, Speaker Christine Quinn and her members only pretend that everyone who applies for so-called member item funding - for Little Leagues, senior centers and other local programs - has an equal shot at success.
In fact, as far as the Council is concerned, some New Yorkers are much more equal than others.
Those who live in districts represented by Quinn's allies bring home far more money than do members who have broken ranks with the speaker. And the needs of any particular community are irrelevant as the speaker divides a $50 million annual pie.
...as has been said time and again, the solution is to abolish member items entirely.