Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
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William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Met Council Cleared To Receive Public Funding

12/24/2013
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The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty will be able to continue receiving state funds in the wake of the scandal that has seen its former CEO charged with stealing millions.

Insurer Charged In Met Council Ripoff; Scam Now Estimated At $7 Million

Joseph Ross faces larceny, money laundering rap.

11/15/2013
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A Long Island-based insurance broker is the second person charged with defrauding the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty over a span of two decades. Joseph Ross, owner of Century Coverage of Valley Stream, was charged on Wednesday in state Supreme Court with with first degree larceny, money laundering and other crimes and was released without entering a plea.

Rapfogel Faces Criminal Charges In $5M Scam, AG Says

Ousted charity chief allegedly hoarded cash from insurance overpayments.

09/25/2013
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William Rapfogel, the former head of one of the city’s most prominent social service agencies who was fired amid allegations of financial misconduct, surrendered to the police on Tuesday and will face charges including grand larceny and money laundering, authorities said.

‘People Will Starve,’ Quinn Warns

No easy fix for releasing $1.4 million in frozen funds, says speaker; but expansion of free-lunch program is unaffected.

08/27/2013
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Although officials are gravely concerned about frozen funds for the poor during a city and state investigation of alleged fraud in the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, there is no short-term solution in sight, says City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Kids in Williamsburg line up for free kosher lunches provided by a Met Council program.

One Bit Of Good News From This Summer Of Scandals

08/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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I keep hearing my grandfather’s voice in my head: “Oy. This is bad for the Yidden” — this is bad for the Jews. This has been the summer of Jewish communal folly. The heads of two very significant communal institutions — Sol Adler at the 92nd Street Y and Willie Rapfogel at the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty — were fired in the last few week because of serious scandals. Add that to the Claims Conference scandal and what you get makes this Spitzer/Weiner New York hot and blustery summer a terrible one for the Jews. It’s been a man bites dog summer.

Misha Galperin

Second Cuomo Administration Takes Shape

Aides reached out to N.Y. Board of Rabbis regarding Sabbath inauguration; inner circle said to understand social service needs.

12/21/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

With Andrew Cuomo set to take office as New York’s 56th governor on Jan. 1, a Saturday, his aides contacted the New York Board of Rabbis last week to assess whether the Sabbath inauguration would cause any offense.

Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo
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