From Newsday:"But Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset) insists the $441 per month his campaign pays for his leased Chevrolet Trailblazer is a necessity. "At the end of the year I'm well over 60,000 miles on that car," he said. "I go to parades, Little League games, various and sundry dinners -- pick 'em -- that are all related to the job."
Hey Carl, alot of people use their own cars for work every day and don't get reimbursed. And is a Trailblazer necessary?
What about the enviroment Carl? Why not a more fuel-efficient car??
The Trailblazer at best get on average 18 MPG in the best conditions.
And for some reason the New York League of Conservation Voters gives Carl a Environmental Star of 2007 award. Carl says "It is a pleasure to be recognized by the New York League of Conservation Voters as one of their Environmental Stars. I look forward to continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to protect the health of New Yorkers, safeguard and improve the quality of our environment and preserve our natural resources. Thank you for this honor."
If Marcellino is driving 60,000 miles a year, that's almost 3500 gallons of gas. Does the NYLCV know about Marcellino's big truck? He could get Toyota Prius Hybrid for less than $441/month and save on the gas.
I wonder if Carl is paying for the gas with his campaigns funds too. Maybe he's paying out of his own pockect which would accoun for why he wanted a gas tax cap. If he's paying close to $10,000 a year for gas he must be hurting.
Let's all applaud Carl Marcellino for being an Enviromental Hypocrite.
I forgot to add this from the article "It's one thing to rent a car while you need it during the election cycle," said Russ Haven of the New York Public Interest Research Group. "But for the other 18 months of their term, they should pay for that out of their own pocket."