An unnamed federation insider told the NY Post that the payments subsidize votino scams. The insider confided: "I use federation funds (public monies) to pay a lady for bringing latino seniors to a Democrat political event. The Hispanic Federation promised to send the lady and her family to her homeland----the Dominican Republic----in exchange for rounding up votes.
VOTINO SCAM COVER-UP---An Hispanic Federation spokesman called the votino scam allegations simply untrue, saying it ONLY provides funds for those in need of disaster relief. The Hispanic Federation spokesman explained the unrecorded payments were for families of victims of American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed in Queens in 2001, or "other people in need."
The federation has ties to almost every Hispanic lawmaker in The Bronx, including Rivera, but primarily benefits two men: political strategist Luis Miranda, who co-founded it and once served as its president, and Roberto Ramirez, a former Bronx Democratic Party boss. The men run a private political consulting firm, the MirRam Group. Its paid by the Hispanic Federation and is hired by politicians who steer taxpayer money to the nonprofit.
A NY Post investigation has found:
<><><>* The Hispanic Federation paid MirRam and Miranda Towns, a firm registered to Miranda and his wife, $681,644 between 1999 and 2008 for consulting, records show.
<><><>* In 2005, the federation paid MirRam $88,000 to survey Latinos on topics including the mayors race. At the same time, MirRam was paid $1.37 million by Fernando Ferrer, then a mayoral candidate.
<><><>* Ramirez and Miranda gave political allies jobs at the nonprofit. Ex-Secretary of State Lorraine Cortez Vazquez, who had been Ramirezs chief of staff, made more than $180,000 a year there.
<><><>* The Hispanic Federation paid MirRam $33,000 this year to lobby the City Council, records show.
Miranda launched the Hispanic Federation in 1990, the year Ramirez won an Assembly seat in Fordham. Ramirez left politics in 2000 and handed the party reins to Assemblyman José Rivera in 2002---father of voted-out Assemblyman/sexpot Naomi.
Hispanic insiders say that if you want influence in The Bronx, you have to deal with the Hispanic Federation and, by extension, MirRam consultants. Nonprofits, for instance, pay the Hispanic Federation to do their bookkeeping.
REFERENCE AT WEB SITE
Established in 1990, the Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with over 90 Latino health and human services agencies to promote the social, political and economic well-being of the Latino community. The Hispanic Federation's mission is to serve the community by building and supporting Latino institutions.
The Federation's member agencies work in the areas of education, health, elderly services, child care, HIV/AIDS, housing, immigrant services, arts and culture, and economic development. Each year, these agencies serve millions of the northeast region's most underprivileged and vulnerable Latinos.
LISTED SALARY Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, President
$222,231 / 5.19% of expenses
55 Exchange Place 5th Floor
New York, NY 10005
tel: (212) 233-8955 fax: (212) 233-8996
The FBI is on the tail of NY state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan), a Dominican native, and his penchant for sucking up tax dollars for so-called needy latino community groups.
Dominican Espaillat sucked up 100 member items as an assemblyman, including $500,000 public monies for his nonprofit, the grandiously named, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Economic Development. (NOTE: Member items is a nauseating extortion scam for greedy NY state legislative members).
DOMINICAN KNOWN AS SENATOR PORK FBI agents want to know about Democrat Espillats use of public monies for needy groups that employed a covey of Dominican Republic natives including Espaillats sister-in-law, a Democratic district leader and several campaign consultants.
FBI scrutiny comes as Espaillats ex-COS (once-elected to the Assemblynow resigned in disgrace) admits he got wired for the FBI. Nelson Castro, a Dominican Republic native, got wired to save himselfhe lied to the FBI WRT a parade of Dominican Republic illegals corrupting the US election systemunlawfully registered to vote using Castros address.
Espillat zipped his lips when asked whether Dominican native Castro assisted in FBI probes of Espaillat.
BTW, Espaillats economic development scam closed down in 2011 (member items became extinctthe needy Dominican Republican commuity has to do without (/snix) ). But Espillat appointed the n/ps executive directorDominican Republic native Nurys de Oleoto a $50,000-a-year job as Sen Espaillats special assistant.
(Mmmmmm.....sure would like to see de Oleos job description up against his actual duties.)