Dominique Strauss-Kahn Should Pay for What He's Costing Taxpayers, Says Scott Stringer
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is among the many not thrilled with Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his fancy new $14 million Tribeca townhouse lodgings. Stringer's office has demanded an accounting of how much Strauss-Kahn is costing city taxpayers as he awaits trial here on sexual assault charges -- and says that DSK should pay for the full cost of his stay. Stringer said, "I'm calling on Mr. Strauss-Kahn to whip out that checkbook of his and pay us for the cost of policing, traffic congestion, and other ancillary services as he lives in the lap of luxury under house arrest."
Strauss-Kahn is required to stay under house arrest for his entire trial; his next court appearance is on June 6. Among the "infrastructure strains" and taxpayer impact Stringer cites are the NYPD officers who monitor the townhouse around the clock; traffic congestion on the narrow block (and enforcement to deal with it); pedestrian problems regarding sidewalk obstruction; and...sanitation services to clean up after [presumably messy?] reporters.
"The circus may be in town, but that doesn't mean we pay for it," he said.
In related DSK news, Strauss-Kahn left his townhouse today to go to a doctor, one of the allowances for his leaving the premises (the others are religious observances and court appearances).