NYC taxpayers petition for slush fund inquiry

May 2, 2008 11:31:18 AM PDT
Eight taxpayers have asked for a state court inquiry into the use of so-called slush funds by the New York City Council. The petitioners say officials undermined public confidence in government by creating fictitious groups and having public money allocated for them in the city budget.

Manhattan court papers say the practice is illegal and has cast a shadow over the City Council. They want to know when it started, who started it, who participated and who knew about it, and where the money went.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who's considered a likely mayoral candidate next year, has said the council appropriated some $17.4 million since 2001 to groups that did not exist.