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$85 Million in Albany Member Items Disbursed for Parrot Adoption, Self-Esteem, Etc.

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The state senate laid out its new member items, and it’s hilarious or grim reading depending on whether you read it as a student of human nature, or as a taxpayer. Jimmy Vielkind has the list.


The $85 million feedbag of discretionary items for senators’ constituents includes $2 million for Pedro Espada, recently promoted for his Albany Coup services to majority leader. Most of that went to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.


Rooting around the doc, you’ll find a lot of churches, seniors programs, fire companies, libraries etc. among the recipients. You can also find The “Me” Nobody Knows inc. Youth Arts Enrichment Program, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit whose “sole purpose” is to “tap into a child’s natural talents and abilities and utilize them in a way that will positively enhance their lives,” says its cached home page says — the actual site is down.

“You can achieve it if you only believe it,” promises the site’s voiceover. The program’s last listed event was for April 2008. Queens senator Shirley Huntley got them five grand.


Other recipients include the Astor Little League in the Bronx ($15,000, via Jeff Klein), Xaverian Catholic High School in Brooklyn ($20,000, Martin Golden), The Out of the Box Theater Company in Manhattan ($2,000, Tom Duane), the Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services, Inc. in Maspeth ($1,000, Joseph Addabbo), the Italic Institute of America (“Guardian of the Italian Heritage“) in Staten Island (Andrew Lanza, $2,500), etc.


There’s nothing abnormal about any of this, but it’s interesting to see where the — excuse us, your — money goes.

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