City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst) is calling for an investigation after a Facebook post appeared to link her district manager to a fundraising effort for a man arrested in last month’s gang attack by motorcyclists on a driver on Manhattan’s West Side Highway.
Published sources say a posting on the page of Ivettelis Rodriguez supports and seeks donations for Robert Sims, who is being held on $100,000 bail following the gang attack on Alexian Lien of Manhattan on Sept. 29.
“I am deeply disappointed by the behavior my staffer, Ivettelis Rodriguez, has exhibited,” Ferreras said in a prepared statement issued by her office on Tuesday.
“Her statements and behavior are not in any way indicative of my beliefs nor is it an accurate reflection of the high standard of personal conduct to which I hold my staff,” she added. “I am currently working with the City Council to launch a full investigation into the matter.”
The New York Post has reported that Rodriguez said she did not post the material in question, and that it was put on her page through a Facebook tag that she simply did not take down quickly enough.
She told the Post she does not know, has not met and does not support Robert Sims.
Following a Queens blog post, the Post reported that Rodriguez’s now-disabled page showed her sitting on a motorcycle while extending her middle finger to the camera.
The paper reported that Rodriguez’s husband made derogatory and threatening remarks toward police officers on a Facebook page that also has since been disabled.
Published reports state that Lien may have been involved in an accident with a motorcyclist before he was allegedly pursued and forced to stop.
He was pulled from his SUV and beaten in front of his wife and young daughter. The attack was caught in video.
An undercover NYPD detective who was riding with the group is among those who have been arrested in connection with the case.