Bob Capano, one of the three Republicans running for the open 43rd District City Council seats covering Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, yesterday fired off a letter to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman calling for an investigation of the Arab-American Association (AAA) of New York and its reported activities in support of political candidates and organizations.
Under New York State Law, the Attorney General’s Office is responsible for the oversight of non-profits based in New York State, and Capano alleges AAA violated non-profit ethics laws. Non-profits are not allowed to get involved in political activities as they are often funded through government and it would be a breach of ethics.
The treasurer of the Bay Ridge-based AAA is Democratic candidate for the city council seat Khader El-Yateem.
“Specifically, public information shows this non-profit organization, which has received over $200,000 in city taxpayer funds, hosted events for the Muslim Democratic Club of New York City, and political activities on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign for President in 2016,” wrote Capano.
“Significantly, the treasurer of this organization, Khader El-Yateem, is a candidate for New York City Council in Brooklyn’s 43rd district, and the voters have a right to know if he and the organization violated any laws, as well as his fiduciary responsibility to those who donated to the Arab-American Association of New York.”