Could Have Been Worse

Giff called the censure of Allan Jennings “the strongest penalty ever assessed against a City Council member in the history of this body,” but the News’s Errol Louis reminds us that’s not so.

In 1949, following his conviction on federal charges of conspiring to overthrow the government, Communist Councilman Benjamin Davis of Harlem — a Bill Perkins hero — was tossed out of the council altogether.

Louis wrote about him here.

UPDATE: We’re told that Davis was removed as required under state law; his colleagues then passed a resolution celebrating his ouster.

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