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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Aaron Carr
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Why Does NY City Council Speaker Gifford Miller Need a New Gas-Guzzling $34,731 SUV?
What is wrong with a nice small sedan?
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.

© 2003 The E-Accountability Foundation