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Kerry Kennedy makde $352K from her father's - nonprofit.

Posted: Oct 8th, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, who is leading the controversial mass bail-out of Rikers Island prisoners, collects a boatload of cash as the leader of the non-profit named for her slain father.

Kennedy, 59, who has had her own brush with the law, raked in $352,298 in total compensation in 2016 as president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights foundation, including a $70,000 “bonus,” according to the latest tax filings for the non-profit.

Kennedy has long been the highest paid board member of the charity. Between 2009 and 2011 her base salary hovered at just over $200,000, plus a $25,000 bonus earned in 2010. By 2012, her salary shot up to $236,768 and two years later it rose to $280,774 plus a $50,000 bonus.

The most recent $70,000 bonus was paid out in a year when the non-profit saw its contributions plunge nearly $2.5 million from $12,978,316 in 2015 to $10,496,055 in 2016, the most recent tax filings show.

The Washington-based group, which was founded in 1968 to promote social justice, last month earmarked $5 million for the initiative to bail out all women and 16-and 17-year-olds from city jails no matter what crime they have committed. Some of those eligible for the bailouts are charged with violent crimes, including attempted murder, assault and robbery.

Under a 2012 state law charities are barred from posting bail for individuals in excess of $2,000 and for anything more serious than a misdemeanor. The RFK foundation said that it had recruited hundreds of volunteers to spring women and adolescents from Rikers on its behalf.

“We’re going to bail out as many people as we can,” said Kennedy as she signed the documents to bail out a prisoner at the Brooklyn Detention Center last week.

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Among the first prisoners the group bailed out with a $10,000 bond was a violent recidivist. Ralphie Myree, 25, has seven convictions and is accused of robbing a Chelsea sex shop at knife point. She was arrested three times while on parole for a 2013 assault that landed her in prison for two and a half years. At her arraignment in the sex shop case, prosecutors noted that Myree had failed to show up for court hearings four times in the past.

The bail out action has earned the group the scorn of the city’s district attorneys and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. Crimefighters worry that those bailed out by a charity have no financial incentive to return for their court hearings.

Kennedy, the former wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was herself arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of drugs on a Westchester highway. At the time, she claimed she had mistakenly taken Ambien, a sleeping pill, instead of her thyroid medication, and had no memory of slamming her Lexus into a tractor trailer while driving to her gym just before 9 am. A Westchester jury found her not guilty in 2014.

Messages left with the RFK foundation and to Kennedy were not returned last week.



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