The authorities are investigating whether a Queens social service agency that received city money through the efforts of Councilman Hiram Monserrate also helped politically with his campaign for the State Senate, according to a law enforcement official.
Political Role of Group Councilman Financed Is Said to Be Investigated
The Queens district attorney’s office and the city’s Department of Investigation are looking into allegations that more than two dozen workers for the nonprofit agency, Libre, collected signatures to help Mr. Monserrate get on the ballot in 2006 for his unsuccessful bid for the 13th Senatorial District seat in Queens, the official said.
Mr. Monserrate has directed more than $2.7 million in Council discretionary and capital funds to the group, including more than $2 million earmarked in the last two years for a community center, a joint project with another group the councilman finances. Although no money has been spent on that project, the councilman has also obtained nearly $400,000 more for Libre to provide a range of other services since 2004.