Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. made serving in the Legislature a no-show job this year, the Daily News has learned.So essentially he skipped out on a third of a meager 60 sessions. What, is he busy with his criminal case or something? Still, that didn't prevent this slug from collecting on the perks of his office.
Boyland, who pleaded not guilty in April to federal charges that he did political favors for Brookdale University Hospital in exchange for a consulting gig, skipped 20 of the Assembly's 60 sessions this year, attendance records show.
Boyland (D-Brownsville), also was the only lawmaker in either the Senate or Assembly who did not introduce a single bill.
The absences and lack of bill production did not stop Boyland from collecting $11,845 in per diems for more than 70 days that he claimed to be in Albany, the state controller's office said.Not to play dumb or anything, but shouldn't there be a law against such behavior?
Lawmakers get $165 for each day spent in Albany on top of their $79,500 salary.
"I'm not surprised," a fellow Democratic Assembly member groused about Boyland. "He never seemed to be invested in anything. I've never even heard him talk."
Boyland, who is serving his fifth term in the Assembly, did not return a telephone call seeking comment Monday.