A Bronx City Councilwoman earmarked thousands of taxpayer dollars for a tenants association in her former apartment building - an association residents say doesn't exist.
SLUSH SCANDAL HITS 'FAKE' TENANT GROUP
Councilwoman Maria Baez, a Democrat representing the Fordham and Kingsbridge sections, allocated $7,500 of her Fiscal Year 2008 discretionary funds to the 2401 Davidson Avenue Tenants Association, a group supposedly located in the six-story building she called home until 2005.
The building is also the registered headquarters for her campaign committee, "Friends of Maria Baez," and home to her campaign treasurer, Nilda Velazquez, who lives in Baez's former apartment.
But the building's superintendent and more than a dozen residents interviewed at the 60-unit building said there is no tenants association.
[Baez] declined to answer specific questions about the tenants group.
"I will not allow anyone to assassinate my character as a Latina woman," she said.