NY Daily News
Taxpayers are footing a huge bill to help experienced politicians bids to win a largely ceremonial office.
Three current and former City Council members raked in a whopping total of $1,897,914 in “public matching funds” for their campaigns, the New York York City Campaign Finance Board announced Thursday.
Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley got $867,202; Councilman Costa Constantinides, $584,079; and Councilman Donovan Richards, $446,633. All are Dems running in the March 24 special election to succeed Melinda Katz, who resigned as borough president to become Queens district attorney.
They received $8 in taxpayer funding for every dollar they raised on their own. The candidates had to get at least 100 contributions from Queens residents and raise at least $44,614.