Twitter Councilmember Lewis Fidler, it's time to take your seat as the council's top earner. The Brooklyn council member and assistant majority leader sponsored more discretionary dollars in this year's budget than any other member, garnering more than $1.3 million for 83 different programs. While a lot of that funding will go to nonprofits or schools in his Canarsie district, some of it is allocated for youth programs throughout the city. "I advocate very, very aggressively for youth groups throughout the city and for Brooklyn groups," said Fidler, who chairs the council's Youth Services Committee. "I certainly make no apologizes for bringing taxpayer money back to my district." Fidler's dollars include $95,000 to the Bergen Beach Youth Organization for senior services; almost $415,000 to the Bergen Basin Community Development Corporation for youth, senior and housing programs; and a $10,000 check for a puppetry program at P.S. 236. These allocations were approved by the City Council last week in a vote of 50 to 1. In total, the council allocated $48.8 million in discretionary spending -- a slight increase from fiscal year 2009 when the fiscal situation was not as grim, and it spent $48.5 million. Though Fidler was able to hand out thousands for his favorite programs, others were not so lucky. According to an analysis by Gotham Gazette, council members Tony Avella and Eric Gioia were at the bottom of our list, getting the smallest amount of discretionary dollars at $358,321 each. Gioia was the only member to vote against the budget this year. He did so, he said last week, so there would be more time for members, the public and the media to vet organizations slated for the council's discretionary funding. In response to his funding allocation, Eric Koch, a Gioia spokesman, said in an e-mail: "Councilman Gioia has been outspoken about his belief that the process for member items leaves too much room for waste, misuse and at times corruption. What's sad is that need and merit aren't the determination for which worthy community organizations get funding. It's a broken system that needs wholesale reform." COUNCILMEMBERS DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS Lewis Fidler $1,327,339 Domenic M. Recchia Jr. $1,212,839 James S. Oddo $1,207,131 Leroy G. Comrie Jr. $1,054,321 Inez E. Dickens $1,005,464 Peter F. Vallone, Jr. $978,321 David I. Weprin $928,321 Joel Rivera $924,901 Kenneth Mitchell $897,131 Bill de Blasio $884,839 Christine C. Quinn $842,964 Erik Martin Dilan $802,339 Annabel Palma $792,526 Thomas White, Jr. $703,321 Robert Jackson $685,464 Maria del Carmen Arroyo $683,526 Vincent Ignizio $677,130 Miguel Martinez $647,464 James Vacca $632,651 David Yassky $620,339 Diana Reyna $612,464 Maria Baez $582,651 Albert Vann $581,339 Michael C. Nelson $577,339 Melissa Mark Viverito $562,964 James Sanders $559,321 Jessica A. Lappin $540,414 James F. Gennaro $518,321 Sara M. Gonzalez $517,339 Elizabeth Crowley $508,321 Larry B. Seabrook $493,651 Kendall Stewart $490,839 Melinda R. Katz $478,321 Letitia James $474,339 Simcha Felder $471,839 Helen Sears $465,821 G. Oliver Koppell $462,651 Darlene Mealy $432,839 John C. Liu $418,321 Rosie Mendez $413,164 Daniel R. Garodnick $407,964 Charles Barron $407,703 Mathieu Eugene $407,339 Vincent Gentile $402,339 Gale A. Brewer $372,964 Alan Gerson $369,464 Helen D. Foster $367,651 Julissa Ferreras $360,988 Eric Ulrich $360,321 Eric N. Gioia $358,321 Tony Avella $358,321 **This chart shows the amount of funding each member sponsored. It doesn't include funding that was sponsored by more than one member. These figures include $108,750 for aging programs and $151,714 for youth programs that each council member receives. It does not include items that were sponsored by more than one member. Every member receives additional funding for what the council calls "local" programming. Much of this funding goes to local nonprofits for programming, from Little League to community theater. In the past, members have said those close to Council Speaker Christine Quinn receive the most funding, while those who receive far less have a tendency to get on her bad side. When asked how funding was disseminated, a spokesperson for Quinn, Maria Alvarado, said: “There are various different factors that go into making decisions regarding funding allocations." For the most part, those who receive the most funding have leadership positions or head up influential committees. For instance, David Weprin, who is chairman of the council's Finance Committee, received $928,321, and Domenic Recchia, who is chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, got more than $1.2 million in discretionary dollars. Of the 22 members who voted against term limits, 12 were on the bottom half of our funding list. Twenty members made a repeat visit to the bottom half of the list, while the top 10 is nearly identical to fiscal year 2009. Three members on the lower half, Eric Ulrich, Julissa Ferreras and Elizabeth Crowley, were all chosen in special elections and have been serving for less than seven months. Tweet Editor's Choice Everything Dot NYC Council 2.0: Rules Reform Outlines Next Steps in Open Data Overdue & Over Budget, Capital Projects Roll On Comments Comment(s) The comments section is provided as a free service to our readers. 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