12/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Alderman Tries To Cut Inspector General Out Of City Budget

Ald. Bernard Stone (50th) struck out Monday in his attempt to write Inspector General David Hoffman out of the city budget in retaliation for an absentee ballot fraud investigation that targeted Stone's ward superintendent.

"Nobody has any b---s around here," said Stone, the City Council's nearly 81-year-old elder statesman.

Anish Eapen was indicted in April on at least a dozen counts of official misconduct in an alleged scheme to improperly steer voters, most of them Indian and Pakistani, toward absentee ballots to benefit Stone in the 2007 aldermanic election.

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