|Print this story|
State Assembly candidate Bob Friedrich took a $1,100 contribution from a controversial Glen Oaks catering hall that has been the source of complaints from civic organizations in and near Floral Park, Bellerose and Glen Oaks, but Friedrich said he did not mean to accept the donation.
Neighbors have complained of patrons having sex in and on top of their cars outside the establishment, broken bottles of alcohol scattered on the street and double-parked cars.
“It had been deposited by mistake,” Friedrich said of the check. “It’s being refunded. We’re working on the refund check.”
Friedrich called himself a “leading advocate” against the restaurant.
“I don’t play the pay-to-play politics game,” he said.
Friedrich, a tax accountant and president of Glen Oaks Village, said he was running a grassroots campaign against Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and that he was the candidate, treasurer and consultant for his campaign.
“I’m going to reprimand the treasurer,” Friedrich said.
A man who answered the phone at Shahi Darbar said Friedrich did not solicit the donation from him and that the catering hall was told through a friend that the Indian community was supporting Friedrich.
The man said the friend encouraged him to donate to Friedrich.
Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 718-260-4573.
©2010 Community Newspaper Group
|Print this story|
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.