City Council Member Stephen Levin, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights, is accused of steering funds to an organization located outside his district because of ties to the man he acknowledges as his “mentor”, State Assembly Member and Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez.
New York Post: “Steve is more beholden to Vito than to his district,” said a source who was once close to Levin. “The guy makes no decision without consulting Vito.”
Levin, a Brooklyn Democrat, generously allocates taxpayer money to the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, a nonprofit organization where Levin once worked which is at the core of Lopez’s Bushwick-based political machine.
The group, located outside Levin’s waterfront district, gets a larger share of his discretionary funds than any group within his district, which extends from Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights and includes part of Park Slope.
The Post article quotes Levin as saying his constituents benefit from services offered by Ridgewood Bushwick, including its provision of safe housing for people living in places subjected to a lead hazard. He also noted his advocacy of affordable housing in Williamsburg, a matter on which he and Lopez are in strong agreement.