CORE Services Jack Brown raked in $1M in taxpayer-funded pay

That’s wealthy.

Despite vowing late final year to sever all public ties with shady non-profit housing supplier CORE Services Group, town poured at the least $1.4 million into its coffers in 2022 earlier than lastly pulling the plug, in line with authorized paperwork.

And at the same time as town was scrutinizing the homeless-services supplier, its embattled CEO Jack Brown was raking in a stunning $1,069,334 in wage and advantages from CORE and associated entities, in line with the most recent tax filings obtained by The Post.

Brown bought a 15% elevate and $40,829 bonus from CORE, bringing his pay to $386,298, in 2020, the filings present. He bought one other $460,000 — an 8% enhance from the earlier year — from teams affiliated with CORE. On high of that he obtained $188,461 — a rise of 16% — and a $22,500 bonus from a associated nonprofit referred to as CORE Services Group NY Inc.

“It’s way out of line,” stated Daniel Kurtz, a lawyer specializing in nonprofits and former head of the state Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

Brooklyn-based CORE is being probed by federal and metropolis investigators. Brown, 53, beforehand labored for Correctional Services Corp., which was embroiled in an early-2000s Albany bribery scandal.

While making thousands and thousands off the poor and determined, Brown lives in a two-bedroom penthouse house at The Ashland, a luxurious rental in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the place an analogous unit goes for $7,040 a month. The high-rise has a Gotham Market meals corridor at its base and residents get pleasure from facilities that embody a billiard room and a rooftop terrace.

The Ashland
Brown lives in a two-bedroom penthouse house at The Ashland.
The Ashland

Brown additionally purchased a two-family home in Clinton Hill for $1.4 million in 2015, in line with public data.

CORE had amassed authorities contracts price some $800 million since 2014. By the top of 2021, it was offering companies to 1,400 folks and households together with 1,100 homeless occupants in 10 resorts in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.

Last fall The Post documented how Brown arrange a community of for-profit corporations to which he funneled thousands and thousands in taxpayer funds in current years. The metropolis stated it had ordered CORE to shut the teams.

The metropolis had raised issues concerning the group’s spending in 2019 and ordered it to endure a forensic audit in 2020, the New York Times reported in a similar expose.

Homelessness soared underneath former Mayor de Blasio’s administration.
Helayne Seidman for NY Post

The experiences additionally revealed that Brown put members of the family on the CORE payroll, together with his mom and brother.

The group admits 5 of Brown’s family members have been CORE workers, out of 1,100, and claims they have been “fully qualified for their positions” and employed in accordance with anti-nepotism insurance policies.

Jack Brown
CORE, in an announcement to The Post issued by its high-powered PR agency, Marathon Strategies, stated race performed a job in the criticism of Brown and the group.
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The metropolis sued Brown, CORE and associated organizations in December 2021 saying in authorized papers “CORE used these wholly owned, for-profit subsidiaries to overcharge the City, and siphon money intended to benefit vulnerable New Yorkers into the pockets of its executives, including its CEO Defendant Jack Brown.”

The go well with notes there was a federal felony investigation into CORE in which town Department of Investigation was collaborating.

CORE was lastly booted from working metropolis homeless shelters on March 31. But regardless of the scandals and probes, it claims town nonetheless owes it $37 million.

The Department of Homeless Services refused to say how a lot it paid CORE this year or why. It additionally refused to say who took over the group’s contracts.

As homelessness soared underneath former Mayor de Blasio’s administration, town more and more gave contracts to nonprofits to handle shelters.

CORE maintains that as town’s homeless downside continued to spiral uncontrolled, de Blasio’s administration “sought to deflect criticism by scapegoating CORE in the media. It then filed a baseless and misleading lawsuit against CORE in which it feigned ignorance of CORE’s business model, which had been disclosed in detail to the city as early as 2017.”

CORE, in an announcement to The Post issued by its high-powered PR agency, Marathon Strategies, stated race performed a job in the criticism of Brown and the group.

“Mr. Brown’s earned income is in line with executives at similarly-sized businesses. It’s a shame that black business leaders cannot succeed in America in 2022 without their character and motives questioned,” the assertion learn.

It went on to say that it was solely after CORE “began requesting backlogged payments totaling nearly $37 million that bureaucrats at DHS began questioning CORE’s business model and the integrity of its leaders.”

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