Your pol, working hard or hardly working?
Jan 11, 2011 | 11937 views | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, we kind of poked fun at Councilman Mark Weprin of Queens for being the “celebrity” tour guide for a couple of British tourists who booked a Big Apple tour. We're sure when they heard that they would be getting a “celebrity” tour guide, their minds pondered the possibility of being led around New York by somebody ultra-famous, like Bette Midler or Jerry Seinfeld. They got Mark Weprin.

Anyway, we might have also insinuated that perhaps Councilman Weprin was a bit derelict in his duties to his constituents by spending his afternoon leading around a couple of tourists instead of attending to the important business of the city and his district. Or at least we meant to, so it we didn't insinuate that at some point last week, we're making up for that now.

As it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth!

Not only is Councilman Mark Weprin not derelict in his duties, he is apparently the most dutiful elected official in the City Council. This short release turned up in our inbox last week:

Councilman Mark Weprin has a ninety-nine percent attendance record since he joined the New York City Council one year ago, the highest among the Council Members, excluding the Speaker. Weprin attended 114 out of the 115 committee and legislative meetings in 2010.

“I take very seriously my responsibility of representing the residents of Eastern Queens,” said Weprin.

Well, there you have it. Weprin only missed one meeting since taking office last year. Now, the question remains, was the one meeting he missed because he was busy taking in the sights in Lower Manhattan with a couple of visitors from the other side of the pond? We may never know.

Other council members at the top of the list were, Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) and Deborah Rose (D-Staten Island), who all had attendance rates above 98 percent. Councilman Lew Fidler of Brooklyn was close with an attendance rate of 96.7 percent.

But we know, dear goslings, what you really want to know: who had the worst attendance records?

Well that dubious distinction belongs to Councilwoman Helen Foster of the Bronx, who had an attendance record of 61.7 percent. Rounding out the bottom ten were Inez Dickens (D-Manhattan), Joel Rivera (D-Bronx), Sara Gonzalez (D-Brooklyn), Domenic Recchia Jr. (D-Brooklyn), Erik Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Larry Seabrook (D-Bronx), Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), Vincent Gentile (D-Brooklyn) and James Gennaro (D-Queens), who all had an attendance rate below 80 percent.

Come on folks, it's already a part-time job as it is!

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