Gotbaum Says 40 Percent Budget Cut Is ‘Payback’ From Quinn for Term Limits

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum said her office will be cut by 40 percent in the budget being passed by the City Council this afternoon because of her opposition to extending term limits, and called it “political payback from Speaker Quinn,” the Council speaker.
A spokesperson for the speaker, Christine Quinn, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Quinn does not have a media availability scheduled today and is set to pass the budget at 12:30 p.m.
Gotbaum, in a press conference outside City Hall just now, said she’s so angry that she will no longer preside over meetings of that legislative body.