The Village Voice’s Powerless Politicians


The only thing I found interesting about the list — which isn’t at all serious or even logical —  is that it did not include embattled City Comptroller John Liu.

The list, written by Steven Thraser (#50), did include a number of politicos:

#8-Public Advocate Bill De Blasio

#16-Former public advocate Mark Green

#17-State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.

#18-Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

#20-Former NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black

#21-Former NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein

#25-Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer

#54-Republican Rep. Michael Grimm

#55-Former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson

#57-Empire State Pride Agenda

#59-Former Rep. Anthony Weiner

#60-Former governor Eliot Spitzer

#61-Former governor David Paterson

#64-Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz

#66-Staten Island Tea Party leader Frank Santarpia

#83-Jimmy McMillan

#88-Anyone who voted for term limits

#93-Former NYC Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall

One reporter was told by his editor that “Rupert ordered” a look into the connections between then-governor David Paterson and the lobbying activities of his father, Basil Paterson, according to a Post insider. It was, in fairness, a sound story to investigate, but there was an implied understanding that the reporter should turn up something, since his editor felt the need to mention where the idea came from.
from my story this week.