ALBANY — A nonprofit run by minority state lawmakers, which for at least two years failed to dole out scholarships to African-American and Hispanic youth, capped off its lavish “Caucus Weekend” Sunday with no mention of student grants.
The New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators typically spends most of its contributions — more than $500,000 in fiscal year 2016-2017 — on three days of workshops, cocktails and its annual Scholarship Dinner Gala, federal filings show.
In the past two years, no money was given to students, according to tax records obtained by The Post.
The nonprofit’s board members — who include former Mayor David Dinkins, former state Comptroller Carl McCall and Brooklyn Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, its chair — have refused to comment on why the group has failed to provide funds to needy students.
The group’s longtime treasurer, Westchester Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, told dozens of conference delegates at a Sunday church service featuring Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie that 90 percent of the nonprofit’s donations go to put on the annual event.
Pretlow then exhorted delegates “to reach deep into your pockets” to contribute as white-gloved ushers went up and down the aisles of the Wilborn Temple First Church of God with wicker baskets as a choir sang “Get on Your Knees and Pray.”
There was no mention of scholarships.
….. Founded in 1985 “to empower African-American and Latino youth . . . by providing opportunity to higher education,” the nonprofit has given out only a small percentage of its donations to students in the past.