2012-08-03 / Top Stories

Feds Question Millions In Meeks’ Grants

By Howard Schwach

Congressman Gregory Meeks Congressman Gregory Meeks If you had watched Congressman Gregory Meeks being interviewed on the Channel Five morning show by Dave Price and Roseanna Scotto on Tuesday morning, you would have thought that the only thing wrong in his world is the fact that the media is picking on him and that he made a few clerical errors on his financial reports.

Meeks joked with the two anchors and said that all of the charges against him would go away and he would be reelected by a wide margin.

All is not so rosy for our Congressman, however.

An exclusive report in the New York Post reports that federal investigators has taking a close look at millions of dollars that Meeks steered to a Queens non-profit run by his mentor, the Reverend Floyd Flake.

And, the Post was not talking about the non-profit, New Directions in Community Empowerment, which was founded by Meeks and State Senator Malcolm Smith, an organization that has been under investigation by the feds for two years now.

Instead, the feds are interested in the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and recently issued subpoenas seeking information on the funding earmarked by Meeks for the non-profit.

Meeks, and not the non-profit, is reportedly the focus of the federal probe.

He has arranged for numerous grants to the organization, including $9.2 million from the Federal Transit Administration to fix up a decrepit underpass below the Long Island Railroad tracks and create a shopping mall there, The post story, written by reporters Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein, said.

Another $8.2 million in federal funds reportedly went towards an extension of Atlantic Avenue.

The underpass project, delayed for a long time, finally opened this spring with the four stores vacant and likely to remain so, insiders say.

Meeks is the target of a number of federal and state investigations in connection with New Directions, its spinoff Katrina charity and his dealings during the Aqueduct Racetrack racino process.

He is also under investigation by the House Ethics Committee in relation to a “loan” that he took from a Queens businessman.

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