"We just vote as council members for a generalized budget. The mayor spends it the way he spends it. We can't tell people where to spend it."
From the NYC Council website:
The budget is the centerpiece of policymaking in government. Through the budget, the Council establishes priorities, allocates resources and sets the policy agenda for the year. It is the single most important municipal document that affects the lives of New Yorkers. While the mayor proposes the city's spending priorities for the upcoming year, the Council has final budget approval powers. During the budget process, the Council may change budget priorities and add special "terms and conditions" requiring city agencies to report to the Council on how specific monies are being spent throughout the year.
Sounds like someone doesn't understand the "checks and balances" concept of government. And he is the progeny of someone who actually had a pair of cojones when it came to dealing with the mayor and the budget.
Parks funding is 1/3 of 1% of the City budget. Why have Vallone, Quinn and the rest of their City Council buddies allowed this to happen?