From the Daily News:
State Senate President Malcolm Smith is pushing to give $500,000 in taxpayer cash to a barely existent Queens nonprofit run by two convicted drug dealers.
Smith, a Queens Democrat, selected the King of Kings Foundation - run by ex-cons Lance and Todd Feurtado - to receive one of a handful of grants under his $4 million anti-gang program called Operation SNUG.
The funding is on top of a $25,000 grant Smith sought for the duo in 2008 and the $290,000 in federal funds Queens Rep. Gregory Meeks is steering to them - proposed payouts first revealed by the Daily News in February.
All of the grants are pending.
Meeks and Smith are protégés of Queens pastor the Rev. Floyd Flake, who has previously praised the King of Kings' anti-violence and community work in a video.
Smith's move to provide the money comes as the state is grappling with a $9.2 billion budget gap and considering drastic cuts to education and health care spending.