Abzug sisters involved in AIDS housing scandal
The daughters of the late New York City congresswoman Bella Abzug are being drawn into a scandal involving a New York nonprofit group that provides housing to homeless people and AIDS patients, the New York Post's Page Six reports. Eve Abzug was on the staff of the Praxis Housing Corp., which has been accused of misspending federal, state, and local funds on for-profit ventures, shopping sprees, and even bail money for the leader of a street gang. Liz Abzug, Eve's older sister, received money from the group for consulting work.
Praxis is under investigation for misuse of funds by the U.S. attorney, the New York State attorney general, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New York City Department of Investigation. Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office may subpoena the Abzug sisters. Several current and former Praxis employees have already been interviewed by Spitzer's office. Praxis spokeswoman Susan Delpercio says the Abzugs no longer work for Praxis, so the agency couldn't comment on their involvement. Eve Abzug declined to comment for the story.