The City Council doled out more than $50 million in taxpayer cash to favored nonprofits in a list of “member items” released Thursday.
The $52.6 million in discretionary cash — which Mayor de Blasio vowed to abolish, but quickly gave up and let the Council keep giving out — is part of the $78.5 billion budget set to be voted on Friday.
The biggest winner was the Hispanic Federation, which brought in $666,000 in grants, mostly from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, as well as Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan). Next up was Catholic Charities, which took home $550,500.
Also in the top 10 was the sprawling nonprofit founded by disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. It got $324,400.