Last year, [Brooklyn Democratic boss Assemblyman] Vito Lopez's organizations got at least $572,000, without any sponsors being disclosed.
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This time, Lopez-related groups got $609,750. Sponsors included Council members Diana Reyna and Erik Martin Dilan, both Brooklyn Democrats, and Dennis Gallagher (R-Queens), who all represent districts in and around Lopez's turf.
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There was also $100,000 for Chess in the Schools Inc., for using “chess to teach critical thinking and problem solving.” That item had a dozen signatures, including those of Ms. Quinn, Gale A. Brewer of Manhattan and Eric N. Gioia of Queens.
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Incidentally, the photo comes from Middle Village Idiots, who did a bang up job of unveiling an old photo of Pinky back when he thought he was Fonzie.