Council Staffer's Ties to Nonprofit No Secret

Councilman Kendall Stewart helped steer taxpayer money the Donna Reid Fund, which not only shares an address in Brooklyn with Stewart’s chief of staff Asquith Reid, but allegedly was used to funnel money to Reid and another staff member.

But the relationship between Reid and the Donna Reid Foundation wasn’t a secret.

“I became aware of the Donna Reid Foundation because he [Reid] came and made a presentation to the Brooklyn Council delegation at the budget hearing, looking for money,” City Councilman Lew Fidler told me just now. “I’ve known Asqutith for a very long time and felt he was an honest person.”

Fidler said Reid made the presentation several times, going back at least three years and as recently as last year.

UPDATE: Brooklyn delegation chair Erik Dilan declined to comment on the situation.