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DiBrienza Quits Council Race Under a Cloud


Steve DiBrienza had been running to retrieve his old Brooklyn council seat when people began questioning his involvement with the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation, a non-profit which some reporters said did not seem to do much except collect city funding and pay salaries, including DiBrienza’s. DiBrienza’s opponent Josh Skaller decided to ask city officials for the records. When pressure increased DiBrienza defended his actions (“I’m proud of the work that NAC has done, and proud of the fact we’ve been able to secure funding for seven years through the Department of Youth and Community Development… Now, in the current ‘win-at-any-cost’ climate of modern politics, I find that NAC and I are under attack…”). Now it appears DiBrienza has taken himself out of the running. (Skaller and Brad Lander, among others, are still in.)

The Daily Gotham wonders where else the money trail leads, noting that current councilmember Bill de Blasio, now running for Public Advocate, keeps an office “two doors down from DiBrienza’s fake non-profit,” and that councilmember David Yassky “put $15,000 of taxpayer money into [NAC] even though it was out of his district.” Photo via VV.



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