ALBANY – City Controller candidate Scott Stringer as a state assemblyman voted to continue a tax break for a subsidiary of a controversial group that advocates pedophilia.
The bill, which became law in 1996, revoked the tax-free status of a company called Zymurgy, which was affiliated with the North American Man/Boy Love Association.
Every member of the state senate voted to yank the tax break that’s available to most non-profits but Stringer was one of 19 Assembly Democrats who voted to let the group keep its tax-exempt status.
The bill was signed by then-Gov. George Pataki.
Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said Stringer feared pulling the tax break — even for a NAMBLA-related group — would put the state on a slippery slope.
“Scott believes NAMBLA and groups like it are abhorrent and disgusting,” Gelman said.
“He voted to protect the Constitution. He and 18 other progressive members of the state legislature voted on constitutional grounds that the Legislature should not be freely and subjectively revoking nonprofit status of groups, and it would be a slippery slope that could lead to targeting of group based on their political views.”
Stringer, the current Manhattan borough president, is battling former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary for city controller.
Spitzer resigned as governor in 2008 less than 15 months into his term amid a prostitution scandal.
A person who answered the phone at NAMBLA’s San Francisco headquarters had no comment.
“Reporters and our history have been very bad and I don’t think they’re going to do us any good,” the man said. “Thank you for calling.”
The ending is the best piece of journalism I’ve read in a long time.
A man friendly to the pedophile community is running against a whoremonger. Meanwhile, Weiner still won’t pull out of the mayor’s race, if only so we can continue to make that joke a while longer.