State Sen. Kevin Parker’s mother got a $32,150 taxpayer-funded grant to fix up the Flatbush home he owns with her — money that was funneled to her by a nonprofit group pervy pol Vito Lopez founded and controlled.
Georgie Parker got the money in 2012 to fix the roof and replace the windows and gutters in the four-bedroom home she co-owned with her son, who also lived there.
Records show the grant came from the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, which in turn got the money from the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s Main Street Program.
Ridgewood was founded by Lopez, the longtime state assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic party boss who was accused of sexually harassing legislative employees. Lopez died in 2015. The nonprofit is now called RiseBoro Community Partnership.
Georgie Parker signed the paperwork for the $32,150 grant on Aug. 28, 2012, just a few days after the state Assembly voted to censure Lopez and strip him of his powerful housing committee chairmanship over the harassment allegations.
Lopez ultimately resigned in 2013 after reports surfaced that the state had paid confidential settlements to two of his accusers.
Lopez and Kevin Parker supported one another during their rocky political careers.
Parker told the Daily News in 2010 that Lopez had his back in a Senate race — even after Parker was arrested over a scuffle with a newspaper photographer in 2009.
Parker, the Democratic conference whip, in turn spoke glowingly of Lopez following the disgraced pol’s death, hailing him as a champion for the elderly and tenants.
The senator told The News that Lopez had nothing to do with the grant. He said he was aware of the program and encouraged his mother to apply so she could fix up the home she has owned for 40 years.
Though property and voting records show the senator has owned half the house since 2001 and lives there, he said he didn’t benefit from the grant.
“My mother got the benefit because my mother owned the house,” he said, noting she transferred half-ownership after his father died.
His mother died in 2013. The home currently has nearly $25,000 in outstanding property taxes.
The hotheaded lawmaker blasted The News for never writing about the good he does for his district and his MVP-caliber legislating.
“I’m the f---ing Michael Jordan of the New York State Senate,” said Parker, who underwent anger-management classes after a 2005 arrest in which he allegedly punched a traffic agent.
He said he works for his constituents 24 hours a day.
“It’s not like I just punch a clock and slide down the back of a dinosaur,” he said, referring to Fred Flintstone’s end-of-shift routine on the cartoon “The Flintstones.”
The Main Street Program doles out funds to municipalities and nonprofits, which in turn give them out to homeowners or commercial buildings to revitalize blighted areas.
Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council received hundreds of thousands of dollars over several years to fund these grants to elderly homeowners. Once recipients provided receipts of the home improvements, the state would reimburse them.
A spokesman for RiseBoro said Lopez didn’t play a role in steering the grants.
“As far as I know, Vito never even knew of the existence of the grant much less attempted to influence its allocation,” the spokesman said. “The state did a full audit and signed off that everything was distributed appropriately when it closed out the grant.”
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