It’s time to eliminate the patronage and dysfunction at the BOE says Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Clearing house and then rebuilding the foundation is going to take time and a lot more oversight. Luckily, the hearings are bringing it to light.
[From The Brooklyn Daily Eagle] The council’s committees on Oversight and Investigations and Governmental Operations jointly held the hearing to probe more deeply into a recently released report from the Department of Investigations (DOI) that detailed a shocking level of institutional dysfunction and patronage at the Board of Elections (BOE).
NY1 News reported that the DOI’s undercover probe found that the BOE is dysfunctional, is overrun by nepotism, and that there are dead people still listed on its rolls.
In its report, issued in December, the DOI issued more than 30 recommendations for the BOE to adopt.
“Our work here today was a positive step towards a better democratic process in New York City. This is one step in the effort to address concerns raised by the Department of Investigations report, which showed how far we need to go to support and oversee New York City’s elections,” Gentile said.
“I look forward to working with all of my colleagues to increase efficiency, transparency and accountability at all levels,” Gentile added.
The BOE needs to move away from and “opaque hiring system of nepotism and patronage,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Upper East Side), chairman of the Committee on Governmental Operations.
For full article: http://brooklyneagle.com/articles/council-holds-hearing-patronage-board-elections-2014-03-05-173000