- Last Updated: 9:48 AM, July 3, 2012
- Posted: 1:03 AM, July 3, 2012
ALBANY — Indicted state Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. didn’t introduce a single bill last year while billing taxpayers for more per-diem travel expenses than most of his colleagues.
Even with the three dead-end bills Boyland sponsored this year after vowing an aggressive agenda, his was the lowest legislative output in the 2011-12 session, according to a report released yesterday.
The Brooklyn Democrat also missed 280 legislative votes this year, more than all but four of his Assembly colleagues — three of whom were running for Congress — and more than a quarter of all votes, the New York Public Interest Research Group report found.
“It’s certainly possible he was just lazy,” said NYPIRG report author Bill Mahoney.
Meanwhile Boyland claimed $17,606 in taxpayer-financed per-diem payments, on top of his $79,500 salary, for attending legislative sessions and for trips outside his district — more than that claimed by 131 of the Assembly’s 150 members, state Comptroller’s Office records show.
Boyland did not return calls yesterday.
But after his Jan. 4 arraignment in Brooklyn federal court on charges of soliciting more than $250,000 in bribes in exchange for fast-tracking development projects, Boyland declared, “We’re going to be introducing 15 new pieces of legislation — that’s the job.”