(Young announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of the state Assembly race to focus on defeating the campaign to recall him.)
Council members also are disqualified from voting on a project involving someone from whom they've received a donation of
Young, Hernandez and Lindsey voted
The next day,
Young said he has returned some checks to be extra cautious but he hadn't returned that one.
He stressed that donations flow through his committee's treasurer first.
"If I had seen it and noticed it, I would have returned it," Young said.
Hernandez's committee accepted a
City records show that check being cashed by Hernandez's committee a week before the vote on the Brandywine townhomes, but also show him paying Recupero back after the vote.
Hernandez said he didn't know about the donation until after the vote.
He added that he decided to return the check because Recupero was a consultant for
(Lindsey has not been accused of improper use of campaign funds.)
Rikel said she didn't buy the council members' explanations that their treasurers handled the contributions.
"If you're not aware of your contributions that you're receiving, something is extremely wrong, because that's your responsibility," she said.
Concerning the city's ethics law, the city attorney can assign an outside lawyer to look at possible violations, which can be referred to the
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