State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will announce at a press conference on the steps of City Hall that he plans to sue in civil court a couple from Far Rockaway for $1 million because they intentionally tried to defame him by spreading lies that he sought a bribe.
In 2016, Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera leaders of an agricultural group called Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts came forward with some very serious accusations, which Sanders believes were politically motivated.
The duo, who are former chefs, said they came to Sanders when he was a City Councilman seeking funding to advance their organization and that he promised to give them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in exchange for a $250,000, which is false.
“These individuals made statements, which are untrue, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of those actions,” Sanders said. “This lawsuit that I will be filing is about setting the record straight. I have consistently fought for the districts I have represented during my time in politics, both at the city and state level, and I will not allow these people to ruin my record of service to my constituency because of their nefarious motivations or agenda.”
Moses and Rivera went so far as to take their claim to investigators.
Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts does not have 501(c)3 status and could not have received discretionary funding in the first place. Even, hypothetically, if money were to have been given, it would have had to go through a city agency – the Parks Department, because the land they wanted to utilize was parkland. The Parks Department would have then reimbursed them for the money they spent if they were able to document their expenditures with receipts.
Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr.
What: Press Conference
When: May 20, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Where: The steps of City Hall
Why: To set the record straight