A BRONX legislator under scrutiny for channeling $82,000 last year to a group that had ties to her relatives has allocated $1.5 million in capital funds this year to a charter school where her nephew is chairman of the board.
BX. POL STEERS $1.5M TO NEPHEW'S SCHOOL
Records show that City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo directed the money to the 3-year-old South Bronx Charter School for International Cultures and Arts, founded by her nephew Richard Izquierdo.
Arroyo vigorously defended her actions - and was backed by council officials.
"It's an incredible program in a school district in desperate need of quality education," she said.
Arroyo said the funds would be combined with a $1.5 million grant from Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion so the highly rated school could relocate from three locations to its own building next year.
Izquierdo isn't just Arroyo's nephew. He's also treasurer of her 2009 re-election campaign and chief of staff to Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, the councilwoman's mother.