Find the 'one percent' from somewhere else
Feb 13, 2013 | 6846 views | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's call for setting aside one percent of the annual municipal budget ("One Percent for Culture campaign is growing" - February 7) would cost taxpayers $700 million assuming the upcoming fiscal budget comes in at $70 billion.

This sounds great before one looks at the cost. Many would argue with a pending multi-billion dollar shortfall that expenditures supporting police, fire, sanitation, education, health, housing and transportation are higher priorities.

In these lean times, executives of non-profit cultural organizations can set an example for others. They could take a pay cut and donate some of the excessive compensation or consider giving up some perks to help their institutions' bottom lines. Most New Yorkers do not make $100,000 per year, yet here are thousands of executives and employees of private non-profit cultural organizations who make $100,000 or more.

Why is Van Bramer silent concerning the August 2011 investigation by Governor Andrew Cuomo into the exorbitant salaries of chief executives at some of the same so-called private non-profit cultural organizations he supports.

Before shedding tears for leaders of private non-profit institutions when they protest potential budget cuts from the city, state or federal governments, check out their respective organization's finances, especially salaries to their executive management team.


Larry Penner

Great Neck
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