A nonprofit group run by City Councilman Thomas White owed the city nearly a quarter of a million dollars in unpaid water bills, according to records obtained by the Queens News.
Water bills at one the group's buildings on Baisley Blvd. in South Jamaica ballooned to $226,789.83, according to city Department of Environmental Protection records.
White (D-Jamaica) is CEO of the Queens Village Committee for Mental Health for the Jamaica Community Adolescents Program.
He recently sponsored two well-attended seminars in his district on how to pay off delinquent water bills - an irony that has raised the hackles of government watchdogs.
"It's incredulous that a member of the City Council would head a nonprofit that owes over $200,000 in unpaid water bills," said Dick Dadey, executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens Union. "As an elected official, he needs to set an example as a model citizen. He clearly is not."
City Councilman's nonprofit group owes quarter million in unpaid water bills