Archive for June 21st, 2005

21st June
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, June 21, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

My colleague Jill Gardiner is onto something and is digging a bit deeper into the mailings sent by the City Council recently that are, at least to most voters, indistinguishable from campaign mailings.This is no small expenditure, as Council Speaker Gifford Miller suggests. If the slick “17-Seat” piece about school class size went out to only 75,000 voters, then the $37,000 figure may hold water. But my suspicion is that many more pieces than that were mailed out.

I am told on good authority that when the City Council does these mailings, they are mailed to all households from the voter list, regardless of party affiliation. That’s one of the reasons why it is possible that this mailing — which everyone seemed to receive, — could have cost 10 or more times the stated amount. But that mailing is just the tip of the iceberg. (more…)