In 2008, Israel earmarked $490,000 to study a bypass road to ease congestion along a busy commercial corridor that borders the congressman's neighborhood in Dix Hills. The project has stalled and the money has yet to be spent. "This transportation hub has occupied the discourse at the town, county, state and federal level for years," an Israel spokeswoman said. "The congressman's personal residence has nothing to do with his decision to engage on an issue that affects tens of thousands of his constituents on a daily basis."
Israel’s financial portrait
The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.
41 lawmakers saw their estimated wealth fall below $25,000, with many slipping into the negative territory.
What industries does Israel invest in?
Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.
Israel's estimated 2010 liabilities
What asset types does Israel hold?
Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks, mutual funds or cash.
NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.
About the data
The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.
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