City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn this week touted her role in the deal which expands the prosecutorial role for the Civilian Complaint Review Board against police officers accused of misconduct.
But, oddly, Quinn (at right, behind Mayor Bloomberg) has left vacant the seat of the Manhattan representative on the CCRB board since 2009, a period of nearly three years. And her spokespeople won’t explain why.
The seat was vacated when former board member Dennis DeLeon passed away in December of that year.
Quinn and the council have five seats on the 13-member CCRB board. Mayor Bloomberg appoints five seats and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has three. Leaving the post open means the board has been operating short-handed, while it is gearing up to broaden its role in prosecuting police for misconduct.
In talking up her role this week in the deal, Quinn said, “This delegation of authority to CCRB will provide significant improvement in police accountability and transparency in the civilian complaint review process.”
So, we asked Quinn’s office for an explanation for not filling the Manhattan board post, and got a non-answer.
“The Manhattan Delegation is still working on finding a candidate. We do not comment on possible candidates,” Quinn spokeswoman Shirley Limongi wrote us.
We asked Limongi for a direct response to our question, and received only silence.