Why Does NY City Council Speaker Gifford Miller Need a New Gas-Guzzling $34,731 SUV?
What is wrong with a nice small sedan?
POLS' GAS-GUZZLING HYPOCRISY FUELING ANGER
By DAVID SEIFMAN, NY POST, September 26, 2004
GAS-guzzling SUVs re main the vehicle of choice for top officials here, even as oil prices approach record highs and legislators demand that the city's huge fleet be converted to more fuel-efficient vehicles.
The newest SUV is destined for City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, who will soon be sitting in a four-door 2005 Chevy Suburban that carries a $34,731 price tag. He now gets around in a 2002 Suburban.
The purchase comes as the council considers several bills to reduce emissions in the fleet of 27,000 light- and medium-duty city vehicles.
David Chai, Miller's spokesman, said the speaker needs a new vehicle because his backup SUV has reached 77,800 miles - above the 77,000 mileage ceiling set by the city's General Services Agency.
But none of the council's vehicles meets alternative-fuel requirements.
Chai said the council would look into the possibility of securing more fuel-efficient cars. But he said the real issue was the city's fleet. "We're responsible for 14 cars; they're responsible for 27,000," he said. "Let's talk about the issue."
Administration officials say they've made giant strides in fuel economy, with 89 percent of vehicles bought in fiscal 2004 qualifying under the alternative-fuel program.
But the city also bought 103 SUVs since June 2003. Eighty-eight went to uniformed agencies. Eleven headed to the upstate watershed. Four others were scattered among three agencies, including Homeless Services.