Council Speaker Quinn gave to nonprofit - & she got 16G
BY TINA MOORE and FRANK LOMBARDI
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Thursday, May 1st 2008, 4:00 AM
But only she got some $16,000 in campaign donations from its board members - 16 times more than the combined amount received by other co-sponsors.
Current and former Hetrick-Martin board members - including Quinn's partner, Kim Catullo - gave Quinn $16,025 in campaign donations between May 2007 and Jan. 11, records show.
Catullo, a lawyer who lives with Quinn in Chelsea, kicked in $4,950. Catullo referred all questions to Quinn's office.
Last year, Quinn disclosed Catullo's unpaid position on the nonprofit's board to city conflict-of-interest officials.
She told reporters yesterday she sought "extra guidance" from the Council's lawyers about Catullo.
"They gave out the guidance that it was fine as long I continued to disclose," Quinn explained.
Misuse of Council "discretionary funding" is at the heart of a growing probe by the city Department of Investigation and the Manhattan U.S. attorney. Yesterday, Quinn emphasized, "I am not a target of the investigation."
Hetrick-Martin board members who gave to Quinn include Scott Cooper ($5,450), Michael Longacre ($3,000) and Thomas Koveleskie ($125). Ross Hamachek, the board's treasurer, contributed $2,000 to Quinn, and former board member Catherine Pino gave Quinn $500.
Quinn campaign consultant Mark Guma said Quinn "received a handful of contributions from LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] leaders, some of whom are longtime personal friends, who serve as volunteer board members to one of the nation's most respected organizations serving LGBT youth - an organization that has been funded by the city for more than a decade. She's proud to have their support."
He noted the $16,000 was a small part of the $2.4 million Quinn has raised.
Two other Council members who co-sponsored fiscal 2008 funding for Hetrick-Martin received contributions from a Hetrick-Martin board member.
Thomas Krever, Hetrick-Martin's director, wouldn't comment on campaign contributions, but insisted the institute provides programs with "integrity."
The 2008 funds were used for after-school programs, Krever said.
"We're really proud of the work we do," Krever said. "We're saving lives."
The Hetrick-Martin Institute, which supports a city school for gay and lesbian students, has received more than $800,000 from the City Council since fiscal 2006.