Former park administrator Estelle Cooper under investigation for misspending

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Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the biggest park in Queens, is currently being considered for the development of a new shopping mall, two new stadiums and concert venues and several parking garages and roads inside the park.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the biggest park in Queens, is currently being considered for the development of a new shopping mall, two new stadiums and concert venues and several parking garages and roads inside the park.

Estelle Cooper, the former administrator of Flushing Meadows-Corona park, has been named in investigations of $90,000 that was misspent by a conservancy group she ran, the New York Post reported.

Cooper also ran Unisphere Inc. – a non-profit conservancy group that worked to revive the park. She spent 18 years overseeing the large park before resigning in January.

Officials told The Post the 82-year-old was part of three separate investigations into the misspending. Unisphere board members were suspicious of deals Cooper made with the Parks Department, The Post reported, and a camp run by her daughter. Members had then noticed thousands of dollars had been taken out of the group’s funds without approval.