Tuesday, August 04, 2009
CALL TO ACTION: New York Mayor violates law to fund Ohel and Agudath Israel of America
CALL TO ACTION: Make sure the news media is aware that both groups in which Bloomberg helped do not believe in making hot-line reports when children may be at risk of harm.
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Mayor Bloomberg Skirted Law To Fund Jewish Groups
By JTA - August 04, 2009
The mayor of New York City violated government contracting rules in funneling money to two Jewish groups, The New York Times reported.
Between 2002 and 2006, the Times wrote, the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $1.1 million to the fervently Orthodox Agudath Israel of America and $400,000 to Ohel Children’s Services from a special discretionary fund. By law, the funds can be disbursed only if requested by a City Council member.
The Bloomberg administration contends that Councilman Simcha Felder requested the funds, but the Brooklyn Democrat told the Times he never made the request. A Bloomberg contradicted Felder’s account.
Though neither of the Jewish organizations is implicated by the revelations, they come at a time when the Orthodox community is reeling from the recent arrests of five rabbis and other Orthodox Jews in a money-laundering probe in New Jersey.