From the Daily News:
The City Council convenes in January with a fresh crop of members and a two-thirds majority that has called for eliminating bonus pay for being good little boys and girls.
Seventeen incoming freshman pledged to bar lulus, while 17 incumbents have done so. Total: 34 out of 51 members, well more than necessary to enact a prohibition.
But let us not count our chickens. Thirteen of those incumbents have dodged by accepting lulus they profess to oppose — and reporting that they have given the money to charity. This allows them to say they don’t pocket the stipends while reaping the political benefits of charitable giving.
These 13 are: Rosie Mendez of Manhattan; Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx; Debi Rose of Staten Island; Mathieu Eugene, David Greenfield, Steve Levin and Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn; and Julissa Ferreras, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Eric Ulrich, Jimmy Van Bramer and Ruben Wills of Queens. Incumbent Danny Dromm, of Queens, says he is against lulus but keeps the money, asserting that he wants them eliminated, but not individually.