From the NY Post:
Queens Assemblywoman Barbara Clark has steered hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to a charity she helped found, which spends a large portion of the money on rent, salaries, office expenses and tax penalties while operating as a vague "referral center."
The Community Care Development Project, which has taken in more than $1.9 million in city and state money since 1996, is supposed to help residents "avoid the bureaucratic obstacles which prevent them receiving immediate services."
That's the same help constituents can get at Clark's district office -- located only three doors down from the charity on Springfield Boulevard in Queens Village.
The lone employee at the referral center last week sent a reporter seeking help in finding a nursing home for a family member to Clark's office, saying the group did not provide that service.
Community Care acts as an intermediary in handing out taxpayer money to groups including the New York Junior Tennis League and Kickers Youth Sports Association as well as public schools, churches and Little Leagues.
Clark sponsored at least $481,500 in member-item money to Community Care from 2006 to 2009, with $209,500 going out to other organizations. The rest was used for salaries and office expenses.