From the Daily News:
The neighborhood lunatic of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, is getting $5,000 of your tax dollars to teach classes in a City Councilwoman's office about the origin of words.
"One of the main things we said to the Council lady was we needed money to assist in teachers' payments, and our library books and school supplies," said Lynval Samuels, 56. "We didn't know we were getting the money."
Samuels has been a fixture at Union St. and Utica Ave. for years, neighbors said - stopping traffic, splattering paint on parking meters and fire hydrants, and handing out flyers for his self-styled etymology classes.
But Councilwoman Darlene Mealy (D-Brooklyn) calls him "a fine king" and an asset to the neighborhood - earmarking $5,000 for him in the city budget and letting him teach in her nearby office on Saturdays.