Skip to comments.Politicians caught collecting Albany per diems when they're not there
Posted on 10/14/2012 1:50:38 PM PDT by lowbridge
Claiming she spent a marathon 12 consecutive days in Albany on legislative business, Queens Assemblywoman Vivian Cook pocketed $171 for each reported overnight stay a total $2,197 in taxpayer money from March 21 to April 1, 2010.
The Legislature was in session just three of those days and Cook was absent for all three, records show.
Me? Youre kidding! No! I didnt do that, she told The Post.
I dont lie, I dont cheat, and I dont steal, said Cook, whose nonprofit Rockaway Boulevard Local Development Corp. prompted an investigation for allegedly misusing taxpayer funds.
In 2010 and 2011, Cook collected a total $17,035 in daily and overnight stipends, plus other travel expenses on top of her $79,500-a-year state salary. During the 2010 legislative session, she missed 51 meetings of the Assembly, 63 percent of the sessions.
I was sick for a very long time, she said of her absences, but could not recall the dates.
Shes one of scores of legislators who claim more than $10,000 a year in per diems a daily payment lawmakers can collect if they sleep over in Albany or travel more than 50 miles from home on legislative business.
The sleepovers add up. The Assembly and the Senate have socked taxpayers with more than $32 million in travel-related expenses in the past decade.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
BTW, this ‘per diem’ is also tax-free and is not counted as income.
Democrat and black. Did you really need an answer? Really...
Anyone who says I don’t lie, cheat, or steal generally does just that...btw - this is from an experienced perspective; investigated fraud and white collar crimes for over 20 years now, many of them politicians...
They’re all listed under their pix as Democrats.
“Socialism Is Legal Plunder” - Bastiat 1801-1850
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY SOCIALISM
Vivian Cook (b. May 23, 1937) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly. She has represented District 32 since 1991. Presently Cook is also the Deputy Majority Leader and chair of Majority Program Committee, New York State Assembly; part of the Democratic National Committee; and district leader to Queens County 32nd Assembly District. Her other political experiences include secretary for Queens County 32nd Assembly District; delegate to Democratic National Convention; majority whip, New York State Assembly; and chair of the Queens County Democratic Committee.
The news organizations leave that out because it saves time by not having to typeset that into the article and and it saves ink by not having to reveal that, since so many Democrats are criminals.
For Republicans, they need tell us they are Republican, because there are so few Republicans that are criminals and the reader would think they are Democrat, if not identified.
is there any other flavor in Queens?
INDICT, INDICT, INDICT!!!
Reconstruction II just keeps rolling along.
If you're a Democrat, it's a given that you do all three,
You missed the party affiliation, and......you're a wacist!