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.