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Brooklyn Borough President Hits Bump In The Road With Charity Misstep

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Brooklyn’s new Borough President Eric Adams has been in office for less than three months but has already hit a bump in the road.

At a recent borough hall event with business leaders Adams’ staff handed out materials intended to raise funds for his new charity, a not-for-profit called “One Brooklyn.”

However as CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported, Adams admitted that he hasn’t finished registering and organizing the charity.

“You need to register a charity before you can solicit funds for it, and number two, even if you have a charity, you can’t solicit funds in your capacity in your official office,” political consultant Gerry O’Brien explained.

O’Brien called the incident a misstep for Adams who came under a cloud during the investigation into State Senator Shirley Huntley for the misuse of funds from her charity.

Adams was among nine State Senators that Huntley secretly recorded at the behest of the FBI. It’s not clear if he was ever a target of the investigation.

On Tuesday, Adams said that his One Brooklyn charity is still a work in progress.

“The people of the borough were aware of what she did and they still elected me to Borough Hall,” Adams said, “One Brooklyn has not been used to solicit any money from any organization or entity.”

Adams said that staff member had mistakenly released the documents and promised that it would not happen again.

When CBS 2 requested access to the documents Adams’ office declined. Adams said the internal reviews of documents will be tightened to prevent future mistakes.

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