Report: Margaret Chin Snared for Funneling $10K in Taxpayer Cash to Lobbyist
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Margaret Chin in support of tenants’ rights, Photo: Margaret Chin
Councilwoman Margaret Chin was just busted for funneling taxpayer dollars to a hired lobbyist. The New York Post reported yesterday that the Manhattan Democrat channeled $10,000 of public money to a group who promoted her green bill to place fees on plastic bags, and unlawfully failed to report the expense.
Chin, a Manhattan Democrat, paid $5,000 in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 to the Citizens Committee for New York City to “provide for reusable bag giveaways and outreach events about the environmental impacts of single-use [bags],” council-budget records state.
The advocacy group, listed in state records as lobbying for Chin’s “plastic bag bill,” included fliers with the bags calling for recipients to “call or e-mail your council member” about the legislation.
Paul Leonard, Chin’s spokesman, responded by saying she was being attacked by those with an “anti-environmental” agenda.
“This is a ridiculous, politically motivated attack by those with an anti-environmental regulation agenda on legitimate Council funding to increase the use of reusable bags, and reduce the amount of single-use bags clogging our City’s waste stream,” he said.
This isn’t the first brush-up with alleged corruption for the Margaret Chin. You’ll recall that her Chief of Staff Yume Kitasei was false witness to petition signatures for Gigi Li in her run against Jenifer Rajkumar for Assembly District Leader last summer (i.e. election fraud). And, of course, that whole fiasco with the landmarking flip-flop at 135 Bowery.