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Scandal-Scarred Jewish Poverty Group Gets New Leader In City Councilman

David Greenfield, an influential and well-connected member of the New York City Council, will lead the scandal-scarred Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty after his term ends at the end of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Greenfield represents much of the Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Boro Park in the council. The former head of the Sephardic Community Federation, he has close ties to the Orthodox Union, and good relationships with county Democratic party leaders in Brooklyn.

The Met Council, now run by former Touro College administrator Alan Schoor, is still living in the shadow of a major scandal that engulfed the organization in 2013. William Rapfogel, the group’s longtime executive director, pled guilty three years ago to stealing more than $1 million from the organization. His predecessor also pled guilty to stealing from the group.

“I love being a councilman, it’s wonderful to be in the thick of things,” Greenfield told the Journal. “But part of the purpose of serving the public is to try to figure out where you can make the greatest impact.”

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