CROOKED ST. ALBANS CLERY NON-PROFIT + DISGRACED FORMER SENATOR SHIRLEY HUNTLEY + COUNCILMAN DANEEK MILLER = BAD NEWS IN THE DIRTY SOUTHEAST QUEENS

A shady religious non-profit (Clergy United for Community Empowerment), a crooked CEO (Ernestine Sanders), a crooked former Senator (Shirley Huntley), a current Council Member who funneled money to it & has “no comment (Daneek Miller), all in Jamaica, what could possibly go wrong.

Religion and corrupt politicians in Jamaica, talk about the status quo.

By the way “no comment” pretty much means guilty.

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From DNAInfo New York:

City Opens Probe Into Queens Nonprofit Tied to Local Politicians

By James Fanelli | July 5, 2016 7:02am

 The Rev. Ernestine Sanders, the vice president and CEO of Clergy United for Community Empowerment, is being investigated by the city's Department of Investigation.

The Rev. Ernestine Sanders, the vice president and CEO of Clergy United for Community Empowerment, is being investigated by the city’s Department of Investigation.View Full Caption

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ST. ALBANS — City investigators have opened a probe into a Queens nonprofit that has ties to disgraced ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley and other elected officials, sources said.

The city Department of Investigation began in May looking into the finances of the St. Albans nonprofit Clergy United for Community Empowerment and into its executive vice-president and CEO, the Rev. Ernestine Sanders, according to sources.

The nonprofit bills itself as providing health and mental health services to HIV individuals and their families.

The group, whose board members include influential clergy from Southeast Queens, also holds political sway and its endorsement is coveted by both candidates running for office and elected officials.

Councilman I. Daneek Miller, who represents St. Albans, directed $63,438 in discretionary funds to Clergy United in fiscal year 2016 to run domestic violence initiatives, records show. In all, the nonprofit received nearly $219,000 in discretionary funds from the City Council that year, records show.

Miller declined to comment on the investigation.

Huntley, when she was a state senator, also steered $75,000 in state funds to Clergy United between fiscal years 2007 and 2010, according to a Politico article in 2012.

Huntley pleaded guilty in 2013 to mail fraud charges for stealing $87,000 in taxpayer money that went to an educational nonprofit she founded. She served 10 months in federal prison.

Clergy United’s board members supported Huntley when she was charged and after her guilty plea. The group also threw her a welcome-home party when she got out of prison.

Since 2008 Clergy United has also received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city Health Department for AIDS prevention programs and infant mortality initiatives, records show.

The group hosts a monthly breakfast where elected officials and political candidates frequently speak and schmooze.

Just last month, City Comptroller Scott Stringer met with Clergy United. Stringer later took to Twitter to boast the “great discussion” he had with the group.

“Change happens when strong community leaders like CUCE guide the way,” Stringer said in the tweet.

Stringer’s office later told DNAinfo New York that it wasn’t aware the nonprofit was under investigation.

Great discussion in w/ Clergy United for Community Empowerment. Change happens when strong community leaders like CUCE guide the way

A source who knows Clergy United told DNAinfo New York that he didn’t see where the government funding goes.

“I don’t see what the organization does except have breakfasts every first Tuesday of the month,” the source said. “I haven’t seen the events or programs worthy of what they should be doing.”

The DOI declined to comment on its investigation.

Sanders and Clergy United’s president, the Rev. James Barnwell III, also declined to comment on the investigation.

The nonprofit’s most-recent tax filings show Sanders made $58,000 in 2014.

Additional reporting by Jeff Mays

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3 thoughts on “CROOKED ST. ALBANS CLERY NON-PROFIT + DISGRACED FORMER SENATOR SHIRLEY HUNTLEY + COUNCILMAN DANEEK MILLER = BAD NEWS IN THE DIRTY SOUTHEAST QUEENS

  1. Combine mail-order ‘Reverend’ with ‘Non-Profit Organization’ with unrestricted, unmonitored City Council ‘discretionary funding’ with a sickening sense of entitlement and you get one thing: an irresistable opportunity to steal public funds.
    This has happened – and continues to happen – time and time and time again in SE Queens.
    These damn people don’t have one iota of any shame.

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  2. Scott Stringer has been exposed here as another partisan enabling corrupt dem hack here. It’s a shame because he release some revelatory audits lately.

    This Clergy United (no relation to Citizens United, but the lack of morality and the uninhibited avarice is the same) operates and behaves like a ruthless gang of hard drug dealers and old time chicago gangsters. But like the gangs, they just replace them with new bible bangers.

    Who is capable, what can be done and how is it possible to clean up the dirty southeast? Or even the rest of New York? Or even the rest of the nation? Especially now that Hillary has escaped indictment via cajoling of the worthless AG Lynch by her lowlife husband (maybe I am stretching this, but the only trickling down to communities from our caring leaders we trusted to elect is taking shorts, corruption and the pervasive culture of cheating).

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