Southern Brooklyn

Local City Councilmembers Receive Their Report Cards

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The New York Daily News released an in-depth analysis of the attendance records and bill creation frequency of Brooklyn’s local politicians, citing both high and low marks for several of Southern Brooklyn’s lawmakers.

Those leading the charge of civic responsibility include Flatbush Councilman Jumaane Williams, who came in second overall in bill creation with 19, and third in best attendance, missing only 6.9 percent of scheduled meetings.

Councilman David Greenfield of Borough Park and Councilman Domenic Recchia of Coney Island were also cited for their vigorous bill contribution and high attendance ratings. Greenfield introduced 18 bills and Rechhia introduced 25.

On the negative side of things, the Daily News pegged Councilman Michael Nelson of Sheepshead Bay as one of the least active politicians, having only introduced two bills since 2011, and having missed 14 percent of his meetings.

Councilman Lew Fidler was also cited for a low attendance record, but the Daily News failed to report Fidler’s medical problems and subsequent hospitalization in February, which sidelined him for some time.

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  1. Perhaps Lew Fidler should have requested he be ambulanced on a stretcher from the hospital to meetings to boost his attendance record. Talk about the unfair reporting in an “in-depth analysis.”
    C’mon Daily News, you’re supposed to be a tad better than the Post. There should have, at least, been an asterisk to explain Fidler’s poor record.

  2. Tinman, was Fidler still being paid when he was sick? If so why! Being a Cou coil member is listed as a “part time position” perhaps if he was u able to represent his community because of an illness, he should have resigned. I’m glad that Lew is doing better but perhaps he should resign so that the area he represents should have a representative who attends meetings.

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