Saturday, January 7, 2012

Golden in tweeding scandal

From City & State:

Brooklyn Sen. Martin Golden has steered at least $770,000 in taxpayer funds to a nonprofit neighborhood group he founded, which often used the money to sponsor events that promoted the senator, records and interviews show.

The member-item spending went to the Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst Beautification and Preservation Alliance, which held a summer concert series and ran a free bus service for neighborhood seniors – both named for Golden.

The nonprofit’s executive director lobbied Golden last year about a bill the senator later introduced. Its main paid consultant for the concerts was also a paid staffer in Golden’s Senate office at the time. And Golden himself is still listed in state records as the nonprofit’s registered agent.

Golden’s top aides say the deep connection between the senator and the nonprofit poses no conflict, and also reflects an Albany custom of directing member items to groups linked with governmental staffers – at least until then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo cracked down starting in 2007.


Anonymous said...

Wanna see tweeding big time?

Wait till we have the Vallone Entertainment Center at the Pistilli Pool in Astoria Park.

Anonymous said...

AND payoffs from landlords and developers, etc etc.

Anonymous said...

What about BP Marty Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concerts & the Martin Luther King Concerts?

Marty even collects $ % & $10 a seat athe Seaside Concerts.Plus addtional donations that concert goers put into 5 gallons jugs.

Who's accounting for all this cash for over 20 years?

What about this Marty ?

Anonymous said...

Golden and Lopez should share a cell.

Anonymous said...

Queens politicians, for the last 4 decades have conspired to turn Queens into a cesspool of greed, disgust, and mayhem all for their own interest in keeping their jobs. THEY ALL
nEED to be VOTED OUT ! What good has any of them done for you lately???
They are all a waste and don't give a @$&* for you or me .