Gotham Gazette Council Member Kallos to Introduce Anti-Patronage Bill by Gotham Gazette
In an effort to reduce patronage in government jobs, City Council Member Ben Kallos, chair of the governmental operations committee, will introduce a bill on Tuesday requiring positions to be advertised for at least two weeks before they are filled, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
Kallos' bill will be applicable to all city agency positions that are not filled through civil service exams. It is in part focused explicitly at reforming the hiring process at the New York City Board of Elections, where employees are often hired according to their affiliation with the two major political parties and existing employees. The Board has been resistant to changing the process, which has long been a source of criticism, particularly so after its handling of the presidential primary election in April.
"When there aren't public postings, that's a good indication there may be patronage involved, or worse yet conflicts of interest," Kallos told the New York Daily News. "New Yorkers would know about the 350,000 jobs the city has, and the city could expand its pool of qualified applicants."