Following up on a Daily News report this morning, here are the documents pertaining to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s so far unsuccessful efforts to get information on the spending of Queens Councilman Ruben Wills’ non-profit, New York 4 Life, which we obtained last evening.
There are a few interesting gems, including Wills’ repeated refusal to discuss the non-profit’s spending with the AG’s office, and his repeated “blanket assertions” of 5th Amendment rights. Wills and his attorney also apparently stormed out of a Mar. 20 meeting with Schneiderman’s office, which is seeking information into how a $33,000 member item given to Wills’ non-profit by his former boss, State Sen. Shirley Huntely, was spent.
City & State first raised questions about New York 4 Life in 2010, when Wills was running for the City Council – and Wills spoke about the non-profit at some length in an interview.
At the time, Wills had just received the member item money from Huntley, and insisted that he would be using the funds to pay back years of out-of-pocket expenses he had incurred from the non-profit. But according to Schneiderman’s office, Wills has produced only one undated invoice for $980.
There was also a great deal of overlap between the non-profit’s staff and Wills’ 2009 City Council campaign staff, and the non-profit was run out of Wills’ campaign headquarters — all of which all could raise further questions about his spending.
Here’s Schneiderman’s documentation:
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