The name of City Councilman Domenic Recchia- who played sidekick to State Senator Carl Kruger at last month's CIDC meeting protest has seen his name pop up in a few recent articles on the subject of City Council ethics. The first reference was in a Dec. 10th Gotham Gazette article on the subject of the City Council's 2006 vote to raise their own salaries from from $90,000 to $112,500. The Gazette pointed out that Recchia, like many other councilmen, receives large sums on top of his salary:
Councilmember Domenic Recchia also has a significant amount of outside income from his private law practice - between $100,000 and $250,000.
Recchia's name popped up again in a Dec. 13th New York Sun article about some questionable Queen's Library fliers:
Thousands of glossy fliers packed with color photographs of elected officials that were paid for by the Queens Library are drawing criticism from those who say the public library system should be using its limited resources to buy books and pay librarians, not to promote politicians. In addition to Mayor Bloomberg, and every single Queens council member, the fliers also featured the two chairmen of the council committees overseeing libraries, Vincent Gentile and Councilman Recchia.
Getting Paid: Debating the Council's Outside Income and Salaries [Gotham Gazette]
Library's Fliers Criticized as Promoting Politicians [New York Sun]