Sunday, March 22, 2009

Possible conflict of interest for councilman

From the NY Times:

New York City investigators looking into potential misuse of city money by nonprofit groups have seized documents and other material from a community organization closely linked to City Councilman Miguel Martinez, whose sister is on the group’s board of directors.

The group, the Upper Manhattan Council Assisting Neighbors, was founded in 1998 to help small businesses and underserved Latino, immigrant and low-income people in Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill. But it received little city money until 2006, after Mr. Martinez’s sister, Maria Martinez, joined the board.

Since then, the group has received more than $1.4 million in City Council funds including more than $400,000 sponsored directly by Mr. Martinez, a Democrat who represents a large swath of Upper Manhattan, according to Council records.

Tax records list Ms. Martinez as the board’s secretary, an unpaid position.

And it's not the first time he's had a money issue.


Anonymous said...

Interesting to see a chart on politicans arrested for various offenses.

Comepare this decade to previous.

I bet as the calibre goes down, the number of offenses go up.

Anonymous said...

Martinez represents Upper Manhattan, not the Bronx.