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Angel in a Mercedes
She raises funds after tragedies, but nobody keeps track of the cash
The silver Mercedes rolled up to the scene of the city’s deadliest residential fire in nearly four decades.
A Hispanic woman with a caring face stepped out and positioned herself near the gutted building on Woodycrest Ave. in the Bronx. She then began pleading for prayers and collecting money on behalf of an immigrant family that had lost five children in the deadly blaze.
Awilda Cordero is a charity worker, and like the rescue workers and reporters who moved around her after the March 7 fire, she is a regular at the city’s worst tragedies.
“This is my life,” Cordero said on a recent day. “If I’m not helping, I’m not happy.”
But for everyone she has helped – including the family of Nixzmary Brown, the 7-year-old Brooklyn girl allegedly beaten to death last year by her stepfather – Cordero has never filed a single financial document detailing her charitable work, the Daily News has learned.
Cordero’s nonprofit group Emergency Rights is not registered with the state attorney general’s office, as required by state law, officials said.
A spokesman for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said state authorities plan to contact Emergency Rights to remind them to fill out the proper forms.
Without the documentation, there is no firm way to know how much money Cordero’s Bronx-based group has raised or how the contributions were used.
Arthur Harris, a spokesman for Cuomo, said while state law requires charities to register with the office “a lot of times, charities don’t know.”
Cordero said that is exactly what happened.
“I never knew I had to do that,” she said. “I plan to do it soon.”
Emergency Rights, which operates out of a small office between a tattoo parlor and a shipping store on E. 149th St., does have nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service, Cordero said. But the group has never filed any records because charities with revenues less than $25,000 are not required to do so.
Cordero created Emergency Rights about 10 years ago after leaving her job as an assistant to Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo (D-Bronx).
She began the charity operation by collecting clothes and goods for fire victims, and steadily became involved with more high-profile cases.
Cordero’s good deeds have given her access to political and community leaders. Framed photos in her office show her standing alongside former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, as well as Gov. Spitzer and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
“She’s very in your face, and sometimes it can be a little overwhelming,” said Richard Izquierdo, Arroyo’s chief of staff.
“But when you come to understand her, you see that her heart is in the right place.”
And don’t be misled by her Mercedes or her high-powered pals, Cordero said.
“I came from the poor and that’s what I always will be,” she said. “That’s me.”
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