Friday, January 6, 2012
Vito's pal booted from non-profit
From the NY Post:
The longtime director of the Ridgewood-Bushwick social-services empire, one of the largest and most powerful such agencies in New York, has been handed her walking papers by the city, The Post has learned.
Sources said that Christiana Fisher, the agency’s CEO and a close ally of powerful Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez, was recently informed that she had to leave by Jan. 15 to prevent the city from yanking $69 million in contracts from the group.
Fisher’s fate was sealed two months ago when the Department of Investigation issued a blistering report that charged she had “recreated” missing documents to justify a compensation package worth an astonishing $782,000 in fiscal 2009, more than double the $336,000 she received the previous year.
Fisher also approved hefty raises for others, including Angela Battaglia, a Ridgewood executive who is Lopez’s girlfriend and a member of the City Planning Commission. No action was taken against Battaglia, who took in $343,000 in 2009, up from $198,000 in 2008.
The sources said the city is demanding assurances that Fisher won’t be receiving any future government funds, except for salary and benefits she’s already accumulated.
Photo from BushwickBK.