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Council member got no-interest loan through city program

Program is for low-income residents, but Melissa Mark-Viverito's net worth is $1.5M

January 03, 2014 01:06PM

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Melissa Mark-Viverito and East Harlem home on East 111th Street

City Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito has a net worth of $1.5 million, but continues to receive benefits from a no-interest loan program through the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

The city program, intended to assist low- and moderate-income homebuyers, allows Mark-Viverito to pay zero interest on a $70,400 loan she took out in order to buy a three-story townhouse on East 111th Street in Harlem, an investment property. She also saves money in city property taxes, including $2,590 off a 2012 bill of $8,291, through the program, the New York Daily News reported.

Meanwhile, she is partial owner of four Puerto Rico properties, including seven acres of undeveloped land, a house near San Juan, Puerto Rico, valued at $500,000, and two condominium units that are rented out, the News said.

Mark-Viverito is legally allowed to receive the no-interest loan benefits, despite the fact that her financial status is healthier now, the News said. She was eligible for the program in 1998, when she bought the 111th Street home and worked for a health care workers’ union.

As a Council member, Mark-Viverito currently earns $112,500 a year. She has served on the City Council since 2006.

She is a top candidate for the Council speaker seat, which Council members will decide next Tuesday.

“I find it very troubling that this woman who’s a multimillionaire lives in one of these units … (while) the rest of us in East Harlem are struggling to get by,” Gwen Goodwin, who competed against Mark-Viverito for her Council seat in September, told the News. [NYDN]Mark Maurer

  • JMWinPR

    She has “high cheek bones” therefore she is entitled to this largesse.

  • mj

    This story isn’t worth the time it took to write. There are many interest around town that wants to promote nonsense news. Come on REBNY and Real Deal you are better than this.

    • Buck Disqus

      Whats the matter, are you on her payroll, or is she on yours?

  • Glenn Krasner

    This is a non-story, because when she was 29, she had only a moderate income, and was, therefore, qualified for the no-interest city loan and the program to purchase the condo in East Harlem. Glenn in the Bronx, NY.

  • Speaking truth

    The article shows that she legally qualified for the program so why was the article written? She got the break while she had low income and because she is doing well now she is a crook? Seems like an article intending to create a problem where there isn’t one. It great that she improved her circumstances and as a woman I celebrate her for moving up.

  • Pat

    talk about inequality

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