From the NY Post:
A city councilwoman made an end run around the budget process -- using tax money to pay the head of a nonprofit after the city deemed his group unfit to receive public funds, The Post has learned.
Maria Baez (D-Bronx) allocated $5,000 from her discretionary office account to Leo Martinez for his work with immigrants in her district.
The city had twice refused to allow Baez to fund Martinez's now-defunct Alliance for Community Services through a separate account for nonprofits, spending records show.
City contracts officials had earlier cut the group's funding, citing its troubled history, amid a federal and city probe into the council's long-standing practice of setting aside tax money for phantom community groups and later doling it out to members to hand out to organizations they favor.