Scott Stringer Wants to Halt Group's Spending of Columbia Cash in Harlem
November 2, 2011 9:46am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer
Borough President Scott Stringer called for safety improvements at Greenwich and Duane streets at an Oct. 6, 2011 press conference. (DNAinfo/Julie Shapiro)
HARLEM — Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer wants to stop a group from distributing $150 million in funds from Columbia University's community benefit agreement with West Harlem, saying he has concerns about its lack of transparency.
In a statement released Tuesday, Stringer called on the West Harlem Local Development Corporation to "halt any further disbursement of funds" because they were doing so "without a formal application process, without public notices, without protocols for selection, without advice from a community advisory committee and without adequate, transparent discussion by the LDC as a whole."
"I am especially dismayed that LDC’s executive committee continues to disburse funds," Stringer wrote.
The agency is responsible for giving away $76 million in cash and making sure Columbia delivers $30 million for construction of a new K-8 school in conjunction with Teachers College, $20 million for an affordable housing fund and $20 million in in-kind benefits.
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