Pay for Play at City Hall

To the Editor:

“The Speaker’s Pier Pressure” [Editorial, Oct. 15] is nothing new.

Past reports released by the New York City Campaign Finance Board are must-reading for all intelligent voters. The reports document the relationship between “pay for play” campaign contributors and candidates running for public office.

Independent observers of municipal government know there is a political quid pro quo expected by those who represent various special interest groups doing business with the city in exchange for campaign donations. This is known as “pay for play” around City Hall.

How can City Council Speaker Christine Quinn or any other candidate for municipal office represent the interest of taxpayers when accepting campaign contributions from those working for or doing business with New York City?

The appearance of a conflict of interest is obvious.

Larry Penner
Great Neck, N.Y.