Ticked off Brooklyn residents slammed a local community board for spending $26,000 in public funds on an SUV at a meeting Tuesday evening — the first meeting since news of the purchase was made public.
About 70 people showed up Community Board 1 meeting in Williamsburg, with a dozen or so people speaking out against the splurge on the Hybrid SUV, which was reportedly used by the board manager.
Neighborhood resident Mike Cherepko, 37, called the SUV an “expensive waste” and called on board members to resign.
“I’m not here tonight because I don’t want you to think this is a mistake that’s just going to blow over and that people will forget about it anyway. It shows your not doing your job,” Cherepko said in the latter half of the meeting when community members can address the board.
Other residents shouted “resign!” from the back of the room, prompting Chairperson Dealice Fuller to bang a gavel and restore order.
“Nobody told us we couldn’t purchase the item purchased. We went through established protocol,” Fuller said when the issue was raised at the meeting.
“I wanted to know why the community wasn’t given an opportunity to have a say in what the funds were used for,” another resident, Deborah Spiroff, 48, said.
When asked by a Post reporter if he heard calls for his resignation, the board’s manager, Gerald Esposito, said: “What kind of stupid question is that?”
Mayor de Blasio has called for a probe of the expense.
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