By Dan Rivoli
The City Council released its list of pork—the money that Council members dole to nonprofits and organizations in their district—and the Upper West Side got a lean cut.
Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side in the Council, received $377,339 in discretionary spending.
In the 51-member City Council, that puts Brewer fifth from the bottom, according to an analysis by Gotham Gazette, a news website published by good government group Citizens Union. Gotham Gazette tallied individual member items, excluding member items from borough delegations (Brewer co-chairs the Manhattan delegation) or the Speaker’s office.
Melissa Mark-Viverito, whose Council district covers the Upper West Side from West 96th Street to West 110th Street, received $592,964 in discretionary funding. Her district also covers East Harlem.
By contrast, Dominic Recchia, who represents Coney Island and Gravesend, Brooklyn, received $1.37 million. He also chairs the powerful Finance Committee.
But West Side organizations and institutions still received millions in funding from the Council.
American Museum of Natural History received $1.75 million to renovate and expand a building for education programs and elevator maintenance. Jewish Guild for the Blind, on 15 W. 65th St., will get a million dollars to renovate its facilities.
Riverside Park will get $300,000 for restoration of the Hamilton Fountain Plaza entry stairs.
Here’s Brewer’s full press release about member items and other money given to West Side groups.
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