From the Daily News:
Held up once too often as a glutton for taxpayer money in this space, incoming Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has finally returned $51,630 in excess public campaign finance funding. Listen for the sound of one hand clapping.
Katz was one of a number of elected officials who won primaries and then moved on to the general election certain of victory. By law, the Campaign Finance Board gave all of them new funds — courtesy of the taxpayers — for the second contest.
Some immediately and correctly returned the checks as superfluous because they were guaranteed of winning. Others did so after some gentle prodding by these quarters.
Then there was Katz. She held on to every penny until, finally, many weeks later, she threw in the towel — and sent the board a check for $51,630.
That’s chump change to a politician used to public funding, but real money to the rest of us.
She's actually required to send back unused matching funds. So one hand clapping is being too generous.