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The New York state legislature voted to replace a politician busted stealing from Superstorm Sandy money has raised ethics questions-after trying to score the $100,000 — a group that does not exist, has learned The Post
Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus (D-Brooklyn) tried to land the money for the Southern Brooklyn Community Think Tank, you promised, days after your. November 2018 for the option to “change the face of politics” in the Region.
Frontus said she could not understand all the excitement about their failed political-pork-demand. “It is not a company, it is just a name,” said Frontus, who founded two Coney Island-based social services Nonprofit organizations. “It is not something that is real.”
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Assembly spokesman Mike Whyland stock Frontus not break any laws, because the think tank is an “idea.”
But they never establish paperwork filed with state or Federal authorities to the group — in spite of ask Assembly speaker Carl Heastie for the financial support, which he refused.
“How do you ask for $100,000 in funding for a group that don’t exist and think it is OK?”, the Brooklyn legislator said. “This motion reeks of corruption, and throws up many legal and ethical questions.”
“How do you ask for $100,000 in funding for a group that don’t exist and think it is OK? This proposal smells of corruption, and throws up many legal and ethical questions.”
— Brooklyn Legislator
New York state Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus searched for cash for the Southern Brooklyn Community Think Tank, you promised, days after your. November 2018 Election. (New York State Assembly website)
Frontus vowed to create super storm Sandy repair Fund, which will replace the think tank days after winning the election, the disgraced ex-Assemblywoman Pam Harris, who was convicted of abuse.Government watchdogs slammed Frontus ” request, only to ask for the money red flags throws.
“Elected officials should not [try to] direct public funds for the groups to which they belong, because it creates an appearance of nepotism,” said Alex Camarda, senior policy advisor for the good government group new Albany, Invent.
Heastie, he believes, “right to reject” Frontus’ request. State law “says that the legislature participate in any state that is a party to a decision” that results in payment to self, family, or a company you more than $1,000 a share. Violations are subject to fines in the amount of up to $40,000.
Frontus wrote in your application to Heastie, that the think tank would “promote civic engagement in southern Brooklyn,” and operate under the auspices of the Jewish community Council of Greater Coney Island, after the application of The Post.
She said the group would problems hold regular meetings to obtain community input to key social.” The $ 100,000, she wrote, would the numbers for a full-time coordinator, equipment and supplies.
However, Frontus approved, to the point That you never submitted any paperwork to the think-tank. Nor has the effort to set up social media accounts for you.
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Only online bookings reporters could find were for the non-profit of the assemblywoman’s work Facebook page.
Albany legislators have a long history of skirting the law at the expense of the Nonprofit organizations they founded.
Disgraced ex-state sen Pedro Espada Jr. was found guilty in 2012 of looting more than $500,000. Former state sen Shirley Huntley was convicted of theft from a charity to go on a shopping spree.
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This story originally appeared in the New York Post.